The Toronto Zoo is Canada's largest and most exciting zoo. It is home to more than 5,000 animals from many different parts of the world, representing more than 500 species. Owned and operated by the City of Toronto, the zoo strives to be "Canada's national leader in saving wildlife to ensure the rich diversity of nature for future generations." It's no wonder that nearly 1.5 million people visit every year. Take a look around in the video below!
With animals from all around the world represented, the Toronto Zoo is divided into seven zoogeological regions: Indo-Malaya, Africa, Americas, Tundra, Australasia, Eurasia, and the Canadian Domain. Visitors will have the chance to see lions, zebras, giraffes, snapping turtles, orangutans, tigers, polar bears, and much more. The Zoo makes an effort, with the help of other zoos, to take part in various conservation projects. One of these is the captive breeding of endangered species. One successful program was the breeding of black-footed ferrets, which had become extinct in the wild. The zoo released 120 ferrets back into the wild, including Saskatchewan's Grasslands National Park, in 2009.
Habitats in the Toronto Zoo are based as much as possible on the natural habitats of the creatures living there. Some are displayed indoors in pavillions and others can be viewed outdoors from many levels. Special areas such as the Kids Zoo, Waterside Theater, and Splash Island provide special programming for visitors. Many restaurants serve a wide variety of food on the premises. The Zoo is open every day of the year except Christmas Day (December 25). To purchase tickets, get directions, and plan your visit, tap the link below.
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