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Toronto Zoo is the biggest zoo in Canada with numerous animal collections from all around the world. The animals represent more than 450 species from the 7 geographic areas; they are Africa, America, Australasia, Canada, Eurasia, Indo-Malay, and Tundra. Each of the areas is established very similarly to those natural habitats. Aside from watching the animals, there are also facilities to carry the visitors around as well as entertain the children.
Watch the Animal Collections from All around the World Only in Toronto Zoo
The area of Toronto Zoo is divided into 7 main areas namely Africa, America, Australasia, Canada, Eurasia, Indo-Malay, and Tundra. The plants and temperatures in each area are made the same as possible with the original ones. It is to make the animals live well although this is actually not their original habitats. For the visitors, it can be an unforgettable experience to see the miniatures of Africa, Asia, and any other continents along with their typical animals. If you have a chance to go to this zoo, you can just see the elephants are roaming around the open savanna just like in Africa or Asia. Meanwhile, the gorillas and Orangutans are being lazy or hanging on the trees of the rain tropical forest. Explore also around 4 hectares of Tundra track with Arctic typical animals including the reindeers, polar bears, and wolves. The newest animals in this zoo are a couple of big pandas that are originally from China, coming in 2013.
The 7 habitats are not the only things you can enjoy here. Toronto Zoo also provides giant aquariums and pools for the water creatures. Again, the aquariums and pools are designed so that they closely look like the animal habitats, whether it is the sea or the fresh water. In the water zoo, you can enjoy the stingrays, fishes, and sea mammals swimming around. There are also the attractions of animals that show how the animals can also be smart. Unfortunately, this attraction may not be able to see every day.
Discovery Zone is where the children can have fun more through some interactive stuff and hands-on. The two main parts of this zone are namely the Kids Zoo and Splash Island. Besides, there is also the Waterside Theatre, a sort of stage to watch the daily show 'Wingin' It' Bird. However, this show is only starting from May to October.
The path that passes through all of the zoo areas is around 6 miles. It is somehow really tiring. So, the zoo also provides some other facilities including the carts to carry the children. Interestingly, the carts are ridden for free. During the summer, there are also services of Zoomobile that are stopped in 4 different stations. It eases the visitors more to see the details of the zoo.
How to Get Tickets?
The tickets are available in the entrance area of the zoo. Aside from that, you can also pre-order them via the travel and tour agencies. A benefit of the pre-order purchase is that you can possibly enjoy the discounts. In general, the ticket costs $23 for general admissions (ages 13-64). Then, above 65 years old, it costs $18 and for the children below 13 years old, it is $14.
How To Get Around?
You can go around the zoo by walking. This way is still considered the most effective one mainly if you don't want to miss out any single animal. However, since walking around the 287 hectares of land may be really tiring; this zoo also provides some other facilities. They are the carts for children and Zoomobiles operated only in the summer.
What Should I Wear?
The outdoor attractions are fascinating but it may also make you sweatier. Therefore, the casual outfits like T-shirt and pants are the best to wear. Besides, the sneakers and flat shoes are more recommended for women rather than wearing footwear with heels. Don't bring too many stuff since it may trouble you more.
Best Time to Visit
This zoo is opened every day except in the Christmas or December 25. This site is also opened an hour longer during May-September and an hour shorter in November and December. So, you can basically go to this zoo anytime. However, summer is considered the best time to visit for many reasons. First, some animals commonly hibernate during the winter. So, summer is when they are really active. Second, the additional facilities are available in this season including the Zoomobile. But to avoid the crowds, you should avoid coming to this zoo on the weekend.
Will I Need a Guide?
The tour guide is not really needed here, mainly them that you hire by yourself. Toronto Zoo has provided many guides to help you in each area. Besides, there are also sheets of descriptions or explanations you can simply read.
How To Get There?
Toronto Zoo can be reached in only 30 minutes from the City Center by using your own car. The address is on the Rouge Park, Scarborough District. It is passed by the bus also. Even there is a bus stop right near the main entrance of the zoo.
Toronto provides many other tourist attractions. Related to Toronto Zoo, there are still many other sites including Yonge-Dundas Square, Centreville Amusement Park, Ontario Science Center, Nathan Phillips Square, Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto Waterfront, Hanlan's Point Beach, Black Creek Pioneer Village, Steam Whistle Brewing, Edwards Gardens, Don Valley Brick Works, and more.