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Toronto Zoo, Toronto

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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. For Toronto Zoo and beyond, use our Toronto tour planner to get the most from your Toronto vacation.
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  • I was alone and it was good. It would be even better with companionship. The Toronto Zoo is really beautiful. Lots of animals to see, like the Panda, Lions, zebras, etc. The Park is divided by continents: so you can decide if you're going to see animals of Africa, America etc.
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  • The Zoo is quite large, so to see it you will have to walk a lot, go up and down hills ... so be prepared and with a good Footwear. * Plan well ida, because the Zoo is far away, and public transport can take you around 1:30 or more to arrive, depending on where you are staying. * Get there early, because the Zoo is great, and so you can see everything without rushing. * Many options of snacks throughout the zoo. * Animals are distributed as different regions of the globe, as the African jungle and Savannah, Arctic, Asia, etc. Animals from tropical regions as the African and South American forests are in large air-conditioned environments. For me, the highlights are the typical North American animals, like bison, moose, grizzly bear, polar bear, in addition to rare species of other regions, such as clouded leopard and Snow Leopard. * There is still, of course, the pandas (parents and two cubs born at the zoo), but these will leave Toronto in 2018 (after follow to Calgary). So, if you pass through the city, has a few months to be able to see them.
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  • I have always thought that it is very sad to have confined animals, but here they provide them space and conditions to each species that becomes a magical experience and connection with nature.
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  • So many animals - so little time! While I was present at the zoo for maybe 3 hours, I didn't have enough time to see all the different animals. We first started at the Giant Panda as they will no longer be in Toronto soon. We were very lucky to see the cubs and one of the adult pandas. THEY ARE SO CUTE (from afar). We then made our way to the Eurasia section of the zoo and saw the red panda (also cute), camels, a falcon, etc. I could go on for while about all the animals we saw in the span of 3 hours. Disclaimer - my family and I seem to take a longer time at each exhibit as I noticed that people come and go pretty quickly while we're still standing there in awe. If you enjoy wildlife and love learning, definitely go to the zoo! Oh and be sure to wear shoes that are comfortable for walking - you'll be doing a lot of that.
  • It's always a great day at the zoo! This time we got a great look at the White Rhino! What a magnificent creature! Did you know they are the 2nd largest land animal after the elephant? (While giraffes are taller, the White Rhino weighs more.) The Red Pandas were out and about, too, and they are just the cutest looking little devils! And of course we visited the Giant Panda exhibit. Wonderful to see! The Toronto Zoo is recognized as a world leader in its field, and I feel we should support it.
  • Went for my birthday... Loved the animals. Some staff were great, some staff weren't so great. It's a good 4 hour walk if you're going at a slower pace like we did. Food was expensive, so bring your own if you would prefer not to spend. Lots of drink machines. Plenty of restrooms. I saw some water taps on the trails. Good family day out.
  • It's a great place for the entire family to spend a day. Don't try to cover the whole zoo in one day though. It's huge. And you will spend quite some time trying to figure out which way to go. The map and signs should be improved. This summer is the last summer to see the giant panda if you are a panda enthusiast. They will be moving to Calgary in 2018.
  • My first time at The Toronto Zoo. Thank You for making The Toronto Zoo disability accessible. I have mobility issues and need the aid of my scooter.Which we brought with us. Which made it easy for me to get around and see and enjoy the zoo. It was amazing to see all the animals. If it was not for all the hard work everyone at The Toronto Zoo do on a daily basis people would not have the joy of seeing all the wonderful animals. Thanks for the breeding programs that take place at The Toronto Zoo. They are trying to help put back into the wild and build the population of these endangered species of all types of animals. Thank You to everyone who works and volunteers at The Toronto Zoo for all the hard work that you do. I will be going back to The Toronto Zoo again.

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Most visitors stay in the historic neighborhood of Old Toronto, as the central district offers unparalleled access to the best attractions in the city and several metro stations within walking distance. If you're looking for a different taste of Toronto, stay in the trendy neighborhoods of West Queen West or King West Village, popular for their nightlife, arts, and cafe scenes. You can embrace Toronto's multicultural charms by staying in Chinatown, perhaps the city's best location for foodies.
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