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Toronto Zoo, Toronto
(3.8/5 based on 3,200+ reviews on the web)
Canada's largest animal sanctuary, Toronto Zoo shelters over 5,000 animals occupying habitats from seven different zoogeographic regions. Head to the indoor tropical pavilions to see creatures from warmer climates, and then venture to the outdoor habitats, where larger mammals roam spacious areas that mimic their natural environments. Learn about your favorite animals by attending a daily zookeeper talk, and explore exhibits dedicated to baby polar bears, rhinos, pandas, and white lions. Don't miss the award-winning tundra exhibit, designed to teach visitors about the habitats of snow geese, reindeer, snowy owls, and Arctic foxes and wolves. Check the website for available activities, events, and educational programs. Use our Toronto itinerary planner to visit Toronto Zoo on your trip to Toronto, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • It is a beautiful, very clean and the animals are very well cared. I do not recommend to visit the zoo during the cold season because many of the animals they do not withstand those temperatures and must be refugees.
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  • Was a bit let down with all the giant panda advertising that was around. Almost has you expecting a 6 foot panda. But there were 4 and not very visible. Not much stands out to make this zoo different ...  more »
  • I read so many reviews absurd here in the Trip that I felt obliged to do an evaluation of this zoo! But first of all: If you don't like animals or doesn't care to see them or aren't you curious to know them, don't go to a zoo. To go in gift shops you can stay in town. The Zoo is too big, Yes, but has an excellent infrastructure with places to picnic and rest. In high season, all restaurants are open, and there are many! If you are hot, go prepared, is an excellent outdoor activity! Bring a hat, sunscreen, umbrella ... If it's cold, go well wrapped up. We went in early November (autumn), and we think we wouldn't find many active animals. I don't know if we were lucky, but did a little sunshine on this day and we saw all the main attractions: the panda (zero minutes of line), polar bear, grizzly bear, Lions, Jaguars, penguins, gorillas, monkeys ... All!! Loved the Zoo, very well taken care of. The protective glass allows you to take pictures of nearby amazing. You don't need professional camera. In other zoos you stand so far of animals that zoom doesn't help ... and those bars hinder any photo.
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  • It was a great day. The weather was perfect. Loved the rhinos, cheetah, zebras and hippos. So much to see and enjoy. Went in the middle of October so was not crowded. I haven't been since '80s and '90s when I took my children. Great day for seniors.
  • The bats were great! We didn't get to see the pandas because the maps weren't clearly marked and the pandas were literally the only reason we were there. So there should be directions. It also was strange to me that there were no animal experts around. In America, there are so many zookeepers ready to teach and give you facts. The only zookeeper we saw the whole time was the one cleaning up a pit. There was also an incredible amount of walking up and down hills, and I didn't know this and it was not fun. I had fun seeing the bats and birds, but by the end, we all were tired and didn't see the pandas.
  • I enjoyed walking around and seeing the animals. The main attraction was the pandas (new pandas born in Canada!). The lineup to see them was very long in the morning. You should go in closer to the end of the day if you want to avoid the lineups. A few attractions are closed around Fall this year. There is no Snow Leopard and the polar bears are a bit lazy for some reason. However, most of the animals were nice to look at. My favorite was the bactrian camels and the Sherpas.
  • This is a great zoo. I wish we had more time to see all the exhibits. Lots of animals with some informative plaques. The kids loved this place. The food and drinks were expensive here but it's to be expected at a tourist attraction.
  • We were visiting from the UK and really enjoyed the zoo. It's one of the biggest zoos I have ever visited! You could easily spend 1 (or maybe 2) days here looking at absolutely everything. There is also restaurant areas every so often and they all have different choices for you. Would defo recommend.