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Review of Toronto Zoo

Toronto Zoo
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Ranked #19 of 508 things to do in Toronto
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: CUPE Union 1600 Strike Closes the Toronto Zoo for all visitors until further notice. The Toronto Zoo is a living centre for education and science, committed to providing compelling guest experiences and inspiring passion to protect wildlife and habitats. Did you know that your admission into Canada's premier Zoo helps support the over 5,000 animals? In addition to having award-winning outdoor and indoor exhibits, education programs, special events, daily Keeper Talks and the Discovery Zone*, the Toronto Zoo is home to Canada's only giant pandas! Don't forget to visit with Da Mao, Er Shun and her dynamic cubs-Jia Panpan and Jia Yeuyeu-before they depart March 2018. To help plan your day please visit our website and we look forward to seeing you very soon! *Seasonal schedules apply. Special events subject to change without notice.
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Gatineau, Canada
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6 reviews
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“Overall we enjoyed it”
Reviewed 23 October 2013

We especially wanted to see the Pandas so we took a lot of time in the exhibition pavilion and then watching them outside.
We were blessed to see at first the male awake, eating bamboo.
Then we wanted to see the otters.
My favorite animal.
Those are difficult to find. Indications could be better.
We walked a lot before we found them.
The food was good at the mandarin resto.
To access it we had to go through the panda exhibition again and we saw the female who was now awake and doing salter saults. Very funny.
We were 2 adults but the interactive material in the panda pavillion was fun to see and use for us too. Very well thought of.
We decided to come back to see other parts of the zoo on another visit.

Lots of walking to do.
It would be nice if they had a little train to get you from a to b.
Wear good shoes!

Visited October 2013
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“We will miss the Elephants!”
Reviewed 21 October 2013

It's sad to say that our Toronto Zoo elephants left to go to California PAWS, but it is with more happiness that I can actually say they arrived safely. Thank you to all the Toronto Zoo vets, staff and volunteers that made this very long transition be made properly and with no harm to these amazing, precious animals. It was handled and dealt with extreme care and importance and a great big thank you to everyone involved. All the very best to Toka, Iringa and Thika.

Visited October 2013
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Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas
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“Animal Hide & Seek”
Reviewed 21 October 2013

We were less than thrilled by our experience of Toronto Zoo. We came to see big animals like cougars, bears, giraffes, bison, and, of course, pandas. We were lucky to see the pandas and polar bears, who were quite active the day we visited, but found it very difficult to get a good look at the other animals. The viewer's vantage point could be better. The animals were very "shy" and virtually invisible. The zoo is very spread out. We chose to walk --there was ALOT of walking--but there is a train that can take you around the zoo. I would recommend the train as it puts you just that bit closer to the exhibits, which are quite set back from the walkways.
The food quality was horrible and very expensive for what it was. Bottled water was nearly $2 and priced differently at different vendors across the zoo. I was surprised that there were so few vegetarian or healthy menu options. We visited several attractions (Museum, CN Tower, movies) and the food at other attractions was much better.
The zoo isn't centrally located. We went by train/bus from downtown. A car would be ideal. Budget at least half a day, longer if you travel as we did.
Facilities were a little hard to locate. There is a washroom near the entrances. Cleanliness needs to be improved.
Many will still visit for the opportunity to see rare animals. We will pass the next time in Toronto. Looking forward to the new aquarium.... :)

Visited July 2013
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Comstock Park, Michigan
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“The zoo wasn't too bad.”
Reviewed 16 October 2013

I am a lover of zoos, and I go to the zoo in every city that I visit generally. My favorite is still the Columbus zoo. The Toronto Zoo isn't too bad. It does have pandas which are exciting, but they weren't out when we were there. As a matter of fact a lot of animals weren't out while we were there. Maybe it is because we visited in October, however I found this to be somewhat disappointing. Some notable animals were the white tigers, and their rhinos were gigantic. I didn't love the elephant enclosure, it just sort of made me sad for the elephants. I would still say it is worth going to.

Visited October 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Too much commercialism”
Reviewed 16 October 2013

The Toronto zoo used to be an incredible annual place where our family would spend the whole day.
Now, the wonderfully long winding trails are either cut off by restaurants or worse gift shops.
We used to be able to boast as Canadians we were easily on par with the famous San Diego zoo.
Sadly, in our opinion not anymore.
Hopefully our new aquarium will be as good as our BC neighbors is.

Visited September 2013
Thank Explorer1953
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