In the Spotlight:
Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo is Canada’s premier zoo with over 5,000 animals!

The zoo is now offering drive-thru visits with its Scenic Safari. See the animals from a whole new perspective using staff-only roads, normally closed to visitors. Take a tour from the comfort of your own car with zookeeper commentary to learn about the animals as you drive along – including the lion caves!

Note: Tickets are sold online only and must be purchased ahead of time. Tickets will not be sold onsite. See FAQ for more details.

Despite the zoo grounds being closed to the public, the team of zookeepers continue to make sure the animals are safe, happy and healthy. Follow along online to get up close and personal with them without leaving your couch.

polar bear swimming at Toronto Zoo

Discover Animals From All Around the World

Have burning questions for the zookeepers? Ask away during the daily interactive live streams and spend some time learning about the animal of the day from different parts of the zoo.

With a huge range of creatures from around the globe, the Toronto Zoo is divided into seven zoogeographic regions: Indo-Malaya, Africa, the Americas, Australasia, Eurasia, Canadian Domain and the Tundra Trek. Animals can be seen indoors in tropical pavilions and outdoors in naturalistic environments.

Support Wildlife Preservation

Wildlife preservation is a hot topic and the Toronto Zoo offers great tips and research about fighting extinction, like adopting your very own zoo animal!

The Toronto Zoo also participates in many conservation initiatives including captive breeding and reintroduction, habitat and species research and much more.

Enrol Youngsters in Zoo School

Find activities and resources that make homeschooling fun for them and easier for you with the Toronto Zoo’s online Zoo School.

Bring exploration, conservation and adventure right into your living room on interactive virtual field trips with Exploring By the Seat of Your Pants.

Set in the beautiful Rouge Valley in the east end of the city, the Zoo is normally open 364 days a year and is accessible by car and public transit.

Save for Later: Top 5 Things to Do at the Toronto Zoo

There’s no harm in planning ahead. Build these ideas into your itinerary for a future visit.

  1. Baby animal alert! Expect to see some Red River hoglets, a kangaroo joey and baby zebras providing plenty of cuteness and eager to meet some new friends.

  2. Visit the state-of-the-art Wildlife Health Centre to catch some behind-the-scenes action. The first of its kind in Canada, this facility helps to provide high-quality animal care through veterinary and reproductive sciences, nutritional physiology and conservation and wildlife research.

  3. Explore the Kangaroo Walk-Thru! Guests can step into the Australian Outback and watch the Kangaroos and wallabies! Keep your eyes open for little roos as they may be on the shyer side.

  4. Visit the Americas Pavilion and see the Blanding’s Turtle Exhibit where you can get a turtle’s eye-view of the behind-the-scenes work of the Toronto’s Zoo and Parks Canada’s most successful conservation programmes.

  5. Get into the Kids Discovery Zone featuring: an interactive Kids Zoo where guests can interact with alpacas, goats, rabbits and more, “Splash Island”, a two-acre splash pad to help cool off on hot summer days and twice daily (free) animal and bird shows at the Waterside Theatre.

Tickets & Places to Stay

Check for ticket prices and order your tickets online in advance of your visit. There are plenty of hotels available to accommodate overnight stays.

How to Get to The Toronto Zoo

  • By Car: Take highway 401 East or West to Meadowvale Road and go north on Meadowvale Road following directional signs to the Toronto Zoo.

  • By TTC: Take the 86A Bus from Kennedy Station during the summer or the 85 Sheppard East bus from Don Mills Station and Rogue Hill GO station.

  • By GO Train: Take the TTC 85 Sheppard East bus from the Rogue Hill GO station.

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