Toronto Zoo

Don't miss out on visiting the 3rd largest zoo in the world

A majestic lion watches over the Toronto Zoo
A majestic lion watches over the Toronto Zoo cc licensed photo by b.m.a.n.

The Toronto Zoo covers a massive 287 hectares and is home to over 5000 animals representing more than 450 species from around the world. It is actually the third largest zoo in the world.

The Zoo is designed with the goal of providing you with a great viewing experience while maintaining a comfortable and natural habitat for the animals. It is divided into six different geographic regions representing Indo-Malaya, Africa, Canadian Domain, Americas, Tundra Trek and the newly renovated Eurasia Wilds. There are over 10 kilometres of walking trails throughout the exhibits.

Numerous extras are included in your admission at at no extra charge including "daily keeper talks and the Discover Zone where you will find the interactive and educational Kids Zoo, Animal Shows and Splash Island." There are also four rides: The Gorilla Climb Ropes Course, Zoomobile, Conservation Carousel, and the Tundra Air ride.

The Toronto Zoo is a national leader in saving and protecting wildlife to help ensure the rich diversity of nature for generations to come. They work with other accredited zoos throughout the world to help conserve and breed endangered species. Many animals come to the zoo through rescue efforts. In July of 2017 they opened the state-of-the-art Wildlife Health Centre. The 50,000 square foot facility has a public viewing gallery where visitors can get a behind-the-scenes look at the science and research that goes into protecting wildlife.

The Toronto Zoo is open rain or shine to the public every day except Christmas. You can easily spend a full day exploring the Zoo and the surrounding Rouge Park.

For additional information about the Toronto Zoo visit their the official website link above.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Thursday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Friday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Saturday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Sunday: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Address: 2000 Meadowvale Rd, Toronto, ON M1B 5K7, Canada

Phone: (416) 392-5929

Official Website: Toronto Zoo

Directions

TTC Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Bloor Danforth LineKennedy Station1 Minute
Sheppard LineDon Mills Station1 Minute

How to get to Toronto Zoo by TTC Subway

From Don Mills Station on the Sheppard Line take either the #85A Sheppard East via Toronto Zoo or #85B Sheppard East to Toronto Zoo bus to the Toronto Zoo Loop. (Operates Saturday, Sunday and holidays only)

From Bay 9 at Kennedy Station on the Bloor-Danforth Linetake the #86A Scarborough to Toronto Zoo bus to the Toronto Zoo Loop (Operates daily during the summer--weekdays only after Labour Day)

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Reviews

Rated 4.4 out of 5Toronto Zoo Star Rating

5 Star Rating An amazing and incredibly huge zoo with something for everyone! We got to see the pandas before they left for Calgary which was a super thrill and an honour. One day is not long enough to see everything! Loved the greenhouse which is now open to the public as well as the impressive new animal hospital. I would recommend planning your day and bringing a packed lunch like we did.

Stephanie Tran - 8 days ago

5 Star Rating I started going to the zoo when I had my baby. I got the membership which for me has been a great value. Its a great way to walk around and see some animals. The zoo keepers clearly love the animals. One great example was our experience at the otter exhibit. My son loves to watch the playful otters. The otter handler came over while he was on his lunch break to talk with us he got the otters to do a bunch of tricks. The kids loved it.

J JBean - 19 days ago

5 Star Rating The keepers are super friendly and knowledgeable and the map is easy to follow. The animals were so cute, my boyfriend and I were so excited with all the animals we got to see! We went recently, so some weren't out yet, but overall it was amazing! It's so big we didn't get to finish it all in 1 day so we'll definitely be back when it gets warmer! A great way to spend the day! Definitely pee when you see a bathroom though because sometimes they feel few and far between.

Justine Burns - 23 days ago

5 Star Rating I've been to the zoo at Easter, in the Winter and the Summer. Yes, there are less things open in the Winter, but it's still worth a visit as it's much quieter and less crowded. To be fair as well, the Admission price is cheaper in Winter ($23) than Summer ($29) to reflect this. It's one of the biggest zoos I've ever seen and very impressive in its care of animals and knowledgeable keepers. There is plenty of information on all of them and most of them seem happy in decent spaced environments. There are one or two attractions that involve queueing or going through long exhibits before you get a glimpse of the animals, such as the pandas (soon to leave for Vancouver zoo), but otherwise you are seeing animals all the time, without having to walk large distances to get to them (like other zoos such as Belfast, Northern Ireland). There is also a roundabout and several cafes around the site. The cafes are expensive but sell good, basic food, if you have a family and bring a picnic you can sit inside to eat it if it's cold. Great fun for children and adult animal lovers. Expect a few minutes waiting in queues to get in over the Summer (the longest we've waited was 30 minutes in August so be prepared if you're taking young children) but if you get there early there is no problem. You can, however, get your tickets online in advance (highly recommended) to avoid the queues. I think it's great value considering it takes nearly a whole day to go round all of the exhibits and have lunch. Highly recommended.

Gillian Leighton - 1 month ago

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