I had the opportunity to take Monkey to “Discover the Hidden Zoo” at The Toronto Zoo a few weekends ago. The weather was beautiful and all of the animals were out to play, we had a blast. This was Monkey’s first trip to the Toronto Zoo, but certainly not his last! We spent the day exploring the park and getting a behind the scenes view of what goes on at the Zoo.
The Toronto Zoo does not just showcase amazing animals, but also their native environments and research & conservation efforts that are being undertaken. You may not know it, but the Zoo takes part in many research projects behind the scenes including captive breeding and re-introduction programs, restoration ecology and forest recovery projects. All to help make sure that these amazing animals will be around for generations to come.
Here are some fun facts about the Toronto Zoo:
- The Zoo opened in August 1974
- Employs over 250 permanent full-time staff, 300 part-time/seasonal staff, and 350 volunteers
- Over 1 million people visit the Toronto Zoo each year
- Children & Teens can really get into the Zoo experience by attending Zoo Camps – Go WILD this summer!
If you have not been to the Toronto Zoo yet, you will be in for a treat when you visit. The Zoo is divided up into 7 Zoogeographic regions: Indo-Malaya, Africa (my favorite), Americas, Tundra, Australasia, and Eurasia (which is currently closed for renovations to get ready for the Pandas coming next year!!!). Over 16,000 creatures call the Toronto Zoo home!
The Toronto Zoo is open 364 days a year, the only day you can’t visit the Zoo is on Christmas day! Becoming a member is a great way to save and visit the Toronto Zoo all year long. There are also many other ways to support the Zoo including Adopting an Animal (makes a great gift!) or purchasing a Brick/Plaque as part of the Wild Walk.
Make sure you plan a trip to The Toronto Zoo this summer and go WILD!
Disclosure: I was provided with complimentary admission to the Zoo for this event. All opinions are strictly my own