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“A First Class Zoo”
Review of Toronto Zoo

Toronto Zoo
Ranked #19 of 530 things to do in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Toronto Zoo is a living centre for education and science, committed to providing compelling guest experiences and inspiring passion to protect wildlife and habitats. Did you know that your admission into Canada's premier Zoo helps support the over 5,000 animals? In addition to having award-winning outdoor and indoor exhibits, education programs, special events, daily Keeper Talks and the Discovery Zone*, the Toronto Zoo is home to Canada's only giant pandas! Don't forget to visit with Da Mao, Er Shun and her dynamic cubs-Jia Panpan and Jia Yeuyeu-before they depart March 2018. NEW at the Toronto Zoo, visitors can now see our state-of the-art Wildlife Health Centre*. This new facility is the first of its kind in Canada and further enhances the Toronto Zoo as a centre of excellence in high-quality animal care through veterinary and reproductive sciences, nutritional physiology, and conservation and wildlife research.Exclusive to our Zoomobile tour, you can now see first-hand a glimpse into the work we do behind-the-scenes. Your Zoomobile ride-all-day wristband* or Membership Card gives you access to a viewing gallery featuring the following rooms: Diagnostic Imaging, Treatment, Surgery, Clinical Lab and Endocrinology Lab. *not included in Zoo Admission, additional fee applies. To help plan your day please visit our website and we look forward to seeing you very soon! *Seasonal schedules apply. Special events subject to change without notice.
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

This is a great Zoo. Two pandas to see made it a special trip. Animals are in native settings and many are very close to the viewing area. I got to see the feeding of the two polar bears with a talk from the zoo keeper. The talks occur about every hour in different areas. The white wolves in the Canadian section were very interesting. I always love time observing the hippo and the rino. Only negative is this is a huge area and lots of walking. It must be 1/2 mile from side to side. I was there on a Sunday in September and the crowds were not bad at all.

1  Thank flowerman4918
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

We spent 5 hours at the zoo and we did not even see it all!! It is one of the biggest zoos in the world I think and it's very easy to walk around as its mostly flat with a few hills to climb. They have a panda enclosure too but unfortunately it was closed when we were there. Especially enjoyed looking at the aquariums and the piranhas as hadn't seen them before.

Thank JaynieM
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

Today we went to the zoo to see the pandas. We generally look at our very infrequent trips to the zoo as a nice long walk with some animals thrown in for interest. This is a big zoo and you will have to walk a lot so wear comfortable shoes. We did enjoy walking around today and seeing some of the animals, the pandas were interesting for a short visit.

Unfortunately because summer is over and it was a weekday there were very few snack bars or gift shops open - a bit of a discount on the admission ticket might have been nice. There was a larger restaurant/snack bar at the entrance of the zoo but who eats as soon as you arrive or when you are about to leave, better to have more places open throughout the zoo. You might want to bring some bottles of water with you or some snacks as the food is very limited - lots of mediocre pizza at high prices.

I would suggest you take a minute as soon as you enter and look at the map you are given, then set a rough plan of what you want to see and hopefully that will mean you will avoid a lot of backtracking. I think the maps and signage could use some updates - make it easier for visitors and have sign posts with arrows - lions ->, polar bears <-, giraffes ->, etc. since most people want to see specific animals and not necessarily geographical areas.

Admission seemed a bit high at $28 per adult and $10 for parking but it is probably on par with other city attractions. I wonder if they would have more visitors if they dropped the prices a bit and had more places to stop for a drink/snack/rest.
*Glad to hear that the elephants will be moved to a sanctuary in California. It's a hot topic but seeing them in their enclosures made me glad that they will soon be California bound.

Thank sukiro
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

We visited this Zoo with 4 kids and expected to be vowed, as this is the only big Zoo in Ontario. Instead we were a little bored, nothing really exciting. The park itself is nicely situated, but it just didn't flow well. There is a lot of hype about the Panda exhibit, but it wasn't as great as we thought it might be. It was a nice day and we enjoyed being out, but the Zoo did not impress us at all.

Thank Amula
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

We have been watching a series on the National Geographic Wild television channel called Zoo Diaries. At one time we didn't like going to the zoo because it was heartbreaking to see them in captivity. But we've learned so much about the importance of today's zoos in conservation as many species doomed for extinction are now being bred in captivity and many are being released into the wild again. The Toronto Zoo is one of the best in the world, with a wide variety of animals in a wonderful natural environment. Seeing the keepers with the animals both on TV and at the zoo is a heartwarming experience as we now know how much they care. The volunteers we spoke with were knowledgeable and friendly. We went back twice to see the giant pandas. They are so delightful to watch. I love the fact that the animals are being trained so that the vets can maintain their health with the least amount of stress. This zoo and everyone who works and volunteers there should be extremely proud of their efforts. If you haven't been, it's a must!

1  Thank Moltrasio
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