Toronto Zoo

Toronto, ON, Canada

About Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo opened on August 15, 1974, as the Metropolitan Toronto Zoo (often shortened to Metro Toronto Zoo) and is owned by the City of Toronto; the word “Metropolitan” was dropped from its name when the cities of the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto were amalgamated to form the present-day city of Toronto in 1998. The zoo is located near the Rouge River, along the western border of Rouge Park in city’s east end former borough of Scarborough.

Encompassing 287 hectares (710 acres), the Toronto Zoo is the largest zoo in Canada. It is divided into seven zoogeographic regions: Indo-Malaya, Africa, Americas, Tundra Trek, Australasia, Eurasia, and the Canadian Domain. Some animals are displayed indoors in tropical pavilions and outdoors in what would be their naturalistic environments, with viewing at many levels. It also has areas such as the Kids Zoo, Waterside Theatre, and Splash Island. It has one of the most taxonomically diverse collection of animals on display of any zoo, is currently home to over 5.000 animals representing over 450 species.

Official website: www.torontozoo.com

Giant pandas at Toronto Zoo

As part of a long-term conservation partnership agreement between China and Canada, signed by Hu Jintao, President of China and Mr. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, China will loan two giant pandas to two Canadian Zoos (Toronto and Calgary) for a ten year period. The good news is that Toronto Zoo will be home to the breeding pair for a minimum of five years from 2013 to 2018. The pandas will then relocate to the Calgary Zoo sometime in 2018.

Before you get up close to Da Mao, Er Shun and the twins, you will have the chance to take in the new, stat-of-the-art Panda Interpretive Centre. This climate controlled centre, the Xie Shou Giant Panda Experience, features many interpretive and interactive elements for visitors to enjoy year round. Interpretive themes will include Eating Bamboo, Threats to Giant Pandas, and Saving Giant Pandas.

“For the second time ever, two giant pandas are in Toronto! The first time was in 1985, when two giant pandas spent the summer at the Toronto Zoo. This time, the pandas will be in Canada for at least 10 years (a minimum of five years at the Toronto Zoo and five years at the Calgary Zoo).

Er Shun and Da Mao arrived from China in March 2013 and are now very settled into their new home in our Eurasia Wilds. This pair was chosen as a good genetic match for breeding. Black and white in markings, and about the size of an American black bear, giant pandas have become a Zoo visitor favourite. They spend their days eating a lot of bamboo, and both have become quite fond of the numerous enrichment items their keepers create and offer them daily to simulate the activities they would encounter in a wild habitat. Both pandas have indoor and outdoor holding areas where you can see them, and will be calling the Toronto Zoo home until spring 2018.”

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Visitor Information

The Toronto Zoo is set in the beautiful Rouge Valley. The Main Entrance is located on Meadowvale Road, Toronto, north of Highway 401 (Exit #389 eastbound and westbound). The Zoo is accessible by car and public transit.

For T.T.C. information call (416) 393-4636 or visit ttc.ca.
For Go Transit call (416) 869-3200 or visit gotransit.com.