Welcome to Canada's premier zoo, the 'national leader in saving wildlife to ensure the rich diversity of nature for future generations', the Toronto Zoo.
The Toronto Zoo holds over 5,000 animals representing 450 different species from many different ecosystems all over the world, from Canadian Cougars to Malayan Red-Tailed Rattlesnakes. The animals are held within tropical indoor settings or recreated outdoor natural settings, the zoo more than big enough to comfortably hold them all. The zoo is a total of 710 acres, making it one of the largest in the world.
Within the 710 acres, you will find 7 different zoogeographic zones: Indo-Malaya, Africa, Americas, Australia, Eurasia, Canada, and Tundra Trek. See Canada's only giant panda cubs (be sure to go meet Jia Panpan), view the 5-acre polar bear refuge, or head to Austrailia's Great Barrier Reef exhibit to see over 100 species of fish.
While here your group will be also able to view feedings, breedings, and other natural behaviors, participate in various school programs or 45-minute information sessions, or even just have some fun in the Discovery Zone. Within the Discovery Zone, you will find the interactive Kids Zoo, the 2-acre water play area Splash Island, and a waterslide fit for all ages! There are also a few rides throughout the park, including the Gorilla Climbing Ropes Course, the Zoomobile, the Conservation Carousel.
There are 7 total gift shops and kiosks offering educational materials and toys, and plenty of places to stop and grab a bite to eat.
Here's what the Toronto Zoo team has to say about the benefits of a field trip to their zoo!
Benefits of a Zoo field trip:
- Making real-world connections through observation, inquiry, & critical thinking
- Coming face-to-face with over 5000 animals
- Igniting a sense of wonder and curiosity about the natural world
- Cross-curricular – Think beyond just Life Systems & Biology!
- Getting active and exploring 10 km of walking trails
- Captivating learning environment
- Encourages an awareness of how all life is interconnected
- Inspires students to take action and protect wildlife