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“Great day out - lots of walking”
Review of Toronto Zoo

Toronto Zoo
Ranked #48 of 536 things to do in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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. NEW at the Toronto Zoo, visitors can now see our state-of the-art Wildlife Health Centre*. This new facility is the first of its kind in Canada and further enhances the Toronto Zoo as a centre of excellence in high-quality animal care through veterinary and reproductive sciences, nutritional physiology, and conservation and wildlife research.Exclusive to our Zoomobile tour, you can now see first-hand a glimpse into the work we do behind-the-scenes. Your Zoomobile ride-all-day wristband* or Membership Card gives you access to a viewing gallery featuring the following rooms: Diagnostic Imaging, Treatment, Surgery, Clinical Lab and Endocrinology Lab. *not included in Zoo Admission, additional fee applies. 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 11 May 2014

Went on a busy hot and sunny weekend.

The zoo was very spread out and being in the middle of a forest / park gave it a more natural feel than some other zoos I have been to. They had a good selection of animals from around the world. As a visitor to Canada, I especially liked the Canadian area to see some of the native wildlife.

Almost all the enclosures seemed to have photographers in mind, having either plastic viewing panels or higher viewing platforms which was much appreciated. The best experiences we had on the day were when we happened to be at an enclosure while the keepers were feeding or doing a talk, so would recommend trying to fit some of these into your day.

Main negatives would be the amount of walking in between the main areas, often with nothing to look at in between. Also, on our map they had several eateries as being closed for the season, so we walked back to one we knew was open. It turned out some that it said was closed was actually open :o( very irritating.

Overall a good experience and worth doing.

Thank ahousefairy
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

We visited the Zoo on our holiday in October 2013. There are some interesting and beautiful animals and habitats to see (we especially loved the pandas and the cute raccoons), however there was so much walking, especially to the Canadian Domain with little to keep us amused en route. There also didn't seem to be much open for food and drink and very few staff members around. All in all it was a good day out but wouldn't rave about it.

Thank handpb
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

My daughter and I went to the zoo on a school trip. There were 4 bus-loads in our group. Staff were very helpful when we arrived and throughout the day. We loved to see the pandas and the baby polar bear Humphrey.There were lots of nice areas to eat our packed lunches.

There is a lot of walking so remember to wear comfortable shoes and travel light.

It was nice to go in the spring as crowds were low, however I still think summer is better if you arrive early to beat most of the crowds.

Thank CarolynGee
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

I have wanted to go and see Toronto Zoo for ages and we recently had visitors from abroad so the perfect reason to go. I had high hopes for the zoo as it has such a great reputation but myself felt like its undeserved. There is an enormous amount of walking and you don't mind when there are a lot of attractions but this was not the case. Quite a lot of attractions were closed/empty and the restaurants/food places were also closed. Generally the place looked very worn out with flaking paint etc which does not leave a good impression overall. The polar bear in the smaller pen showed signs of mental illness and would walk in a circle then do a forward roll. The first time i saw this I was amused like the rest of the crown but when this happened for the 20th time it was difficult to watch. The Polar bear on the other side in the bigger pen was just sitting on a fake rock and not moving. I have been to other zoos that are a lot more happening than this one with much less walking. The majesty of the animals is let down with the sub par surroundings and poor set up. A lot of building work is taking place and I hope it much improves the place.

The section where you walk down the mountain to the Canada exhibits simply isn't worth the trek down there and back. Its exhausting!! The signs leave a lot to be desired. Its terrible when your exhausted with kids walking into a dead end!! The zoo is just not set up well.

The food was terrible and the prices were just stupid. Outside at pizza pizza the XL pepperoni walk in special is 9.99. The same pizza with a couple of drinks is $34.99. I prize value for money highly and this is simply disgusting. The actual quality of the food that we had was below average. I simply could not recommend this attraction overall. I hope that it does improve in the summer but I won't be going back.

4  Thank AlienDrifter
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

The zoo is huge! (be prepared to walk a lot)
There is a wilde variety of animals.
The place is clean and well organized, very good to spend hours with kids or friends who are interested in zoos.

Take a look on the City Pass to save money when visiting Toronto: http://pt.citypass.com/toronto/toronto-zoo

1  Thank Oguh87
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