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Review of Toronto Zoo

Toronto Zoo
Ranked #50 of 535 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 January 22, 2014

I would not recommend this tour to be done in the winter time , it would just be a waste if money like what happened to me . I would say that this Zoo is really nice has lots of animals but will take a lot of time to really tour what i like most about it was the cold n snow ( lol ) .But for future i suggest people tour the Zoo in the summer time .

2  Thank boyce1021
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Reviewed January 15, 2014

It has been cold and icy in Toronto and at the Zoo ... but as long as you dress for the weather most of the animals are warm and cozy in their digs and you can walk from Indomalaya to Africa to Austrasia etc. to experience a visit full of interesting animals, birds, amphibians, etc. The Pandas are inside when the temperature stays below zero but Da Mao (5 year-old male) did barrel rolls down the snow covered slope the other day much to the enjoyment of the few spectators on hand. Please be advised that I am a Volunteer at the Zoo.

5  Thank rudysterr
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

So we got the city pass and didn't realize the zoo was an hour outside of Toronto (downtown). We go a taxi.... ya the driver could have told us it was far but after an $85 taxi fee to get there we were already in a bad mood. We went into the zoo and it looked nice, clean, well put together HOWEVER during the winter there are only like 5 animals. Polar Bear, Panda Bear, Wolf, arctic Fox, and Bald Eagle. I'm sure during the summer it's a great zoo but don't waste your money during the winter. It was cool to see the polar bear around snow but not worth the $200+ we had to pay.

To get back to Toronto we decided to try a bus, this was out first day in Toronto so we had no idea where we were going. We got off the buss and on the subway and about and hour and a half later were still lost somewhere in Downtown Toronto so we ended up having to get another cab to take us to the hotel. The zoo seemed nice but it's soooooooo far from Toronto Downtown which they don't put on the city pass info of course.

4  Thank Matthew D
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

A great day out, there is lots to see here, the zoo is large and spacious. The Giant Pandas are a real treat.

1  Thank Highlander1518
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Reviewed January 12, 2014

I swore to myself, after a very sad visit to the Toledo Zoo in 2008, that I would never set foot in a zoo ever again. But as part of a City Pass that we purchased ahead of time and the "Please, Mom"'s from our two children, the Toronto Zoo went on our list of places to go.

First bit of advice? Buy the City Pass!!! It will save you so much time and money. The general public line vs. the members/city pass line were not even comparable. I think we saved at least 30 - 45 min. right there.

Parking was $10 (payable upon EXIT, so make sure you get a validated card at the little kiosks before you go to the parking lot if you used the City Pass), and the only hiccup there was that the staff hadn't opened up another section of open parking spaces in time and there were many, many cars going in circles trying to find spots in an already-filled lot. We got lucky and got the spot of someone leaving, but not everyone else was as fortunate.

The zoo itself is expansive, but very nicely laid-out and organized. Signage is everywhere and very easy to understand. Bring comfy walking shoes, and if it's an extremely hot or sunny day - an umbrella to shield yourself from the sun, or at the very least a visor.

I personally felt as if the animals had more space than most zoos to roam and move about. The staff seemed attentive, knowledgeable, and genuinely concerned for the animals well-being. I think the public (parents) could learn a thing or two from the staff, as I saw several children and teenagers taunting the animals through the glass or from where they were standing.

The only problem I had were with your typical zoo "shows" or rides. The Toronto Zoo has a water show and offers camel and pony rides. Let the camels and ponies do their own thing. What animal wants to be subjected to whiny Susie or over-sugared Joey, going in a continuous circle, all day long? The do offer other rides that don't involve the animals, such as a carousel, rope climb, kids' zoo w/slide, a small water park and a ZooMobile.

Gift shops, places to eat (though not the healthiest of options), bathrooms and lockers are abundant.

Overall, a positive experience.

1  Thank petstone
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