|Payment |||Interac, American Express, Visa|
|Getting There |||Scarborough bus|
|Cross Street |||Meadowvale and Highway 401|
|Daily 9:30AM-4:30PM (winter), 9AM-6PM (spring), 9AM-7:30PM (summer), 9:30AM-6:30PM (fall)|
Profile Last Updated: February 24, 2009
A unique wildlife experience can be found in the city on the grounds of the Toronto Zoo, best known for its interactive education and conservation activities, inspiring people to live in ways that promote the well-being of the natural world. The zoo boasts over 5,000 animals representing over 460 species, and attracts approximately 1.2 million visitors per year to 287 hectares of exploration space.
Toronto Zoo is divided into six zoo-geographic regions: Indo-Malaya, Africa, the Americas, Australasia, Eurasia, and the Canadian Domain. The animals can be found in tropical pavilions indoors and naturalistic environment outdoors, with plenty of opportunities for viewing. The highlights include the baby orangutan and Sumatran tiger cubs of the Indo-Malaya exhibits, the African Savanna space, and a discovery zone for kids featuring Splash Island, a Waterside Theatre, and a zoo especially for small children. The grounds also contain no shortage of eateries, including Harvey’s, Mr. Sub, Yogen Fruz, Pizza Pizza and Beavertails.
The grounds of the Rouge Park were first proposed as space for the Toronto Zoo in 1966, and the development was completed in 1974. Visitors to the zoo have always been able to take advantage of the Zoomobile to move around the vast grounds. An expansion in the year 2000 added the Gorilla Rainforest, the world’s largest indoor habitat for Lowland gorillas, followed by the waterpark and other kid-friendly attractions. The zoo offers programs throughout the year including day camps and other opportunities for people of all ages to learn about animals.
Mailing Address: 361A Old Finch Ave., Scarborough, ON, M1B 5K7