In the Spotlight: Toronto Zoo
The Toronto Zoo is Canada’s premier zoo with over 5,000 animals, including Giant Pandas visiting from China and their new cubs born in Toronto! Please note that the Zoo is temporarily closed due to a strike.
See the World’s Animals
With a huge range of creatures from around the globe, the Zoo is divided into seven zoogeographic regions: Indo-Malaya, Africa, the Americas, Australasia, Eurasia, Canadian Domain and the Tundra Trek. Animals are displayed indoors in tropical pavilions and outdoors in naturalistic environments, with viewing at many levels.
The Toronto Zoo participates in many conservation initiatives including captive breeding and reintroduction, habitat and species research and much more.
Set in the beautiful Rouge Valley in the east end of the city, the Zoo is accessible by car and public transit.
Top 5 Things to Do at the Toronto Zoo
- Visit the Xie Shou Giant Panda Experience to meet Er Shun and Da Mao and the new pandas, Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue. The twin cubs, born in Toronto in fall 2015, are available daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Check out the 10-acre Tundra Trek featuring the 5-acre Polar Bear habitat and underwater viewing area.
- See the Gorilla Rainforest, home to a Western Lowland Gorilla troop and young Nassir a juvenile (and exceptionally cute) gorilla.
- Explore the Great Barrier Reef and surround yourself with moon jellies, seahorses and huge viewing aquariums filled with many species of fish native to Australasia.
- Get into the Kids Discovery Zone featuring: an Interactive Kids Zoo; “Splash Island!” a one-acre splash pad; and twice daily (free) animal and bird shows at the Waterside Theatre.
New in 2016: The Panda Cam!
Watch the Giant Panda family as they go about their day. Hint: There’s a LOT of playing.