Metro Toronto Zoo, Toronto

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    Toronto Zoo

    by orlandom Written Dec 29, 2004

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    About the Zoo

    Animals:
    The Zoo has over 5,000 animals representing over 460 species.

    Attendance:
    Approximately 1.2 million visitors per year.

    Walking trails:
    There are over 10 km (6 miles) of walking trails.

    Size:
    287 hectares (710 acres). One of the largest zoos in the world.
    Exhibits and Layout:
    The Zoo is divided into six zoogeographic regions: Indo-Malaya, Africa, the Americas, Australasia, Eurasia and the Canadian Domain. Animals are displayed indoors in tropical pavilions and outdoors in naturalistic environments, with viewing at many levels.

    Must Sees:
    Gorilla Rainforest (Africa Pavilion), Baby Komodo Dragons, first born in Canada (Australasia Pavilion), Sumatran Tiger Cubs, first born in Canada (Indo-Malaya Pavilion), African Savanna, Zellers Discovery Zone featuring Kids Zoo, Splash Island and Waterside Theatre.

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    Lions and tigers and monorails -- oh, my!

    by HumblyServingChrist Written Nov 6, 2004

    Located in the Scarborough part of town, northeast of Downtown, the Metro Toronto Zoo is the largest zoo I have ever seen. In fact, my family and I only had time to see about a quarter of it when we were there. Divided into the regions of the world, the zoo offers just about any animal you can imagine. The zoo is so big that it even has its own monorail, in addition to the train typically found in zoos.

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    Metro Toronto Zoo

    by daffodil Updated Aug 17, 2004

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    The zoo which opened in 1974 has made many upgrades since then and they have several exciting exhibits. My favorite are when they have baby animals, becuase they are so cute! Make sure to bring weather appropriate clothes and gear, as the parking lot is enormous and the Zoo itself is even bigger, so you don't want to be making trips back to the car for your coat/hat/rain jacket. Also wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking involved!

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    METRO TORONTO ZOO

    by hevbell Updated Feb 22, 2004

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    Toronto Zoo


    This huge zoo is actually situated to the north of the city of Scarbourough (a suburb of Metro Toronto) where I was staying. We spent the best part of a day here although it was pretty hot so we spent a lot of time in the many indoor enclosures (climate controlled habitats) rather than outside. But there is heaps to see here and so many exotic animals (slightly more exotic and unusual than horses! that was the only decent photo I had though).

    The zoo is so big (287 hectares) that they actually have a kind of train that you can take around the zoo and you can follow various marked roots if you are just walking around, depending how much time you have.

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    one really unique and amazing zoo

    by James_F Written Sep 10, 2003

    this zoo has it all! from endangered animals you never even heard of right now to the common road crossing squirl, this place has more animals then kids visting.

    there are several restraunts, employees, maps, and station full of information, that you will never get bored or lost.

    your kids will love the underwater exhibits where you can see animals underwater like polar bears and dolphins.

    this is deffinitly for the family day trip or a class fieldtrip, go and enjoy

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  • That's One Huge Zoo

    by RobDavis Written Aug 5, 2003

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    Enjoying a camel ride

    The Metro Toronto Zoo is a relatively modern zoo with a whole lot of real estate and lots to see and do. In fact, it's so big that it's difficult to keep small children going long enough to see all of it. I went with friends who have made several attempts to see the whole zoo, but have still been unable to get through it all.

    Ticket prices are reasonable, but once you're in, you can expect to pay for several additional rides and attractions (even though there aren't many). Considering you could easily spend an entire day here, I found I got good value for my entertainment dollar.

    We spent the better part of the day just doing the African section of the zoo. There is a good variety of animals, most of which seem relatively content. I felt a little sorry for the gorillas, who seemed visibly upset by the people looking at them.

    Because there is so much walking involved with this zoo you will need to rent one of the strollers or wagons available inside the front gate. It's well worth it, and the kids will be able to keep going much longer with it.

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    Lunch time in Giraffe-land

    by CdnJane Written Jul 26, 2003

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    Lean down, way down and you can reach the grass

    One of the things I enjoy at the Toronto Zoo is the room the animals have, and the fact that they are not just in little concrete enclosures. You have to look carefully here to see that there is a railing and a large trench that separate the people from the giraffe area. It might not be the Serengetti Plain, but it sure isn't downtown Toronto either!

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    Bald Eagle at the Metro Toronto Zoo

    by sim1 Updated May 9, 2003

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    Bald Eagle at the Toronto Zoo


    The Toronto Zoo (which is actually in Scarborough) is a nice zoo to visit. It's a bit like Canada itself : huge! And you notice that clearly when walking around. They don't have to fight for every inch of space here, so everything is quite far apart with a park-like landscape in between.
    The zoo contains of two type of exhibitions, the pavilions and the outside terrains. The outside terrains are very nice, huge spaces for the animals to walk around. Hmmm.... maybe not everywhere though, but on the whole it was okay.
    But the inside pavilions made me so sad. This seemed like the older part of the zoo and the cages were so small and it all looked so dark. It looks like they have been renovated but that felt more for the visitor than for the animals themselves. I couldn't bear seeing some of the animals locked up in their little cages. So after visitng a few of these pavilions I decided not to go in them anymore. I think it was a good choice. I always have mixed feeling when visiting the zoo, hahaha, sorry about that! I love seeing the animals but I feel so sorry for them as they are locked up.
    I am used to a very nice zoo in The Netherlands where the animals seem to have lots of space and it's a bit like they are in their natural environment. The outside part of the Toronto zoo has the same feel and I enjoyed walking around here a lot. Make sure to put on some good comfy shoes as you have to walk lots!

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    Japanese Macaque at the Metro Toronto Zoo

    by sim1 Updated May 8, 2003

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    Japanese Macaque at the Toronto Zoo


    My favorite parts of the zoo were the grizzly bears and the Japanese Macaque. They were so playfull on this lovely spring day! The two grizzly's were toying with each other and seemed to have a lot of fun. And so did the Japanese Macaque, laying in the sun relaxing and caring for each other or playfully running around on the hill :-)))

    Going to the zoo is not cheap though. It cost $18.00 to get in. Seniors (ages 65+) $12.00, Children (ages 4 - 12) $10.00 and ages 3 & younger can go in for free.
    There is an additional charge of $8 for parking the car. If you are interested in reading more about this zoo and seeing more of the photos I took that day, you can have a look at my Scarborough page.
    http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/1c048/dcc5d/

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    Flamingo's at the Metro Toronto Zoo

    by sim1 Updated May 8, 2003

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    Flamingo's at the Metro Toronto Zoo


    The zoo is devided in several areas and every part of the world has it's own domain. In the picture you can see the flamingo's in the America domain. There is also the African Savanna, Australasia, Eurasia, Indomalaya and Canadian domain. The range of animals is amazing, I lost count on how many there are. I walked around all day long and just had time enough to see the whole zoo (with the exception of some of the pavilions).

    Hours :
    The zoo is open open year-round, except for December 25th.

    January 1 – March 7, 2003
    9:30 am – 4:30 pm (last admission at 3:30 pm)
    March 8 – May 16, 2003
    9:00 am – 6:00 pm (last admission at 5:00 pm)
    May 17 – September 1, 2003
    9:00 am – 7:30 pm (last admission at 6:30 pm)
    September 2 – October 13, 2003
    9:00 am – 6:00 pm (last admission at 5:00 pm)
    October 14 – December 31, 2003
    9:30 am – 4:30 pm (last admission at 3:30 pm)

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    Toronto Zoo

    by Poohgirl_007 Updated Sep 5, 2002

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    Toronto Zoo is home to animals and birds from around the world. Underwater exhibits include polar bears and otters, and the indoor zoo is home to pavillions such as Africa Pavillion, Malayan Woods, and Americas Pavillion. This year the new Gorilla Rainforest exhibit opened, which is the largest indoor gorilla exhibit in North America.

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    Metro Toronto ZOO Look at...

    by Anita_Porec Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Metro Toronto ZOO
    Look at the staring monkey!! sad, sad...all they do is walk around and think - Hey, you! Human! Whatta @#^* you staring at??!!~ and there we are at the other end staring.... Well, it's worth a visit! I trust the MT Zoo staff takes good care of the animals and they are provided much more space and toys than most Zoo's I've seen in my life...so enjoy!

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  • Toronto Zoo

    by PrairieDee Written Aug 25, 2002

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    If you are interested in animals this is an excellent zoo. The exhibits are the best I've ever seen, the pens are huge and as natural as possible. Plan on spending at least 3 or 4 hours, if possible spend the whole day. Bring lots of water and sunscreen, and wear your walking shoes.

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    Metropolitan Toronto Zoo

    by gardesque Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Have you been at the Zoo lately? Toronto Zoo is massive. And fun, even if you don't usually like to go to the zoo. Bring a camera, because there are a lot of excellent photo opportunities. And plan on spending the entire day. The place is BIG.

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    Toronto Zoo Meadowvale Rd. &...

    by Kamen_mali Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Toronto Zoo
    Meadowvale Rd. & 401
    Scarborough , M1B 5K7
    Telephone: (416) 392-5900 , Fax: (416) 392-5863

    This is where kids and adults become one and the same. Located in the forested region of northeast Toronto, the Zoo is home to animals and birds from all around the world. The animals are grouped according to geographical origin. Many have large open exhibits in which to roam, so bring a camera.

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