On Saturday, my whole family had the chance to “Discover the Hidden Zoo” – a media preview with the Toronto Zoo. Since most press events require me leaving the boys behind, they were tickled pink to join me at the coolest place on earth for kids of all ages. Needless to say, they had a blast.
Needless to say, I was pooped. Almost comatose, actually.
I didn’t take a lot of pictures, because let’s face it, you’ve all seen someone’s zoo shots of a hippo lying in the water. (Oooh, look, a motionless hippo!) But here are the photos I did take:
So what is the “Hidden Zoo?” Essentially, seeing what the animals do is just the icing on the cake. There is an incredible amount of research, habitat and horticultural initiatives, green programs and partnerships that keep the Toronto Zoo at the forefront of animal conservation. For example, did you know the Toronto Zoo is the only Canadian zoo with a reproductive physiologist on staff?
How you can help –
Admission into the Toronto Zoo supports the many conservation initiatives that the Toronto Zoo leads including Adopt-A-Pond Wetland Conservation Programme, Species Survival Programs, Animal Health and Nutrition and much more! Also, parking fees help feed one of over 5,000 animals!
Membership – Become A Member
The best way to throw yourself into the Zoo experience is to join our family. As Zoo members, you and your own family will enjoy year round access to more than 5,000 animals and 237 hectares of adventure. Not to mention the thrill of helping protect wildlife. Member benefits include free admission to the Toronto Zoo for one full year, free Zoomobile rides (seasonal operation),10% discount in Toronto Zoo gift shops, invitation to exhibit previews and member exclusive events, discount admission to participating AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums in North America – just to name a few.
Adopt An Animal
Do you have a favourite Zoo animal? Why not adopt it? Your animal will still live here, but you’ll go home knowing you’re supporting the Zoo. Adoption fees help us take good care of the animals, protect endangered species, and pursue on-going conservation efforts.
Wild Walk – Start Your Wild Walk!
You belong in the Zoo on the Wild Walk! You can step onto the Wild Walk in unique ways: Remember a loved one or commemorate a birthday, graduation or anniversary. Whatever the occasion, a Wild Walk brick or plaque makes a perfect, and unique, gift. Your generous contribution to the Wild Walk program goes toward the conservation efforts in place for all our wonderful animals at Toronto Zoo. So go ahead… pick a special occasion (or person), then make a dedication and a difference today.
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