Not too many people know about Toronto Zoo, located in the North East part of the city, even though this almost 3000 msq (700 acres) area is home to more than 5000 animals and is one of the largest Zoos in the world! 💗🌏🐼🐴🐰🐻🐯🐒🐢🐡🐗💗
The zoo is a non-profit organization that participates in various preservation, research, education and reproduction programs! 💗 It is open all year long and all the proceeds from the tickets go to run the zoo; therefore to save and protect the world’s most vulnerable, and endangered species through Species Survival Plan (SSP). 🐘🐒🐯🐼🐧🐣🐗
The Toronto Zoo has currently on loan from China 2 giant pandas named Er Shun and Da Mao, who recently had 2 baby cubs, as part of conservation breeding program! Now, mom Er Shun and babies are being cared for in a giant panda house (one can check out video and photos updates on the cubs on Twitter @TheTorontoZoo), while papa Da Mao is visible to the public! 🐼🐼🐼🐼💕
Even though winter is cold in Canada, one can see still some animals outside, while most stay in different pavilions with their specific habitat! The entire zoo is subdivided in areas like Indo-Malaysia where Rhino and Monkeys pavilions are, African Savanna where Giraffes, mini Hippo and Gorillas are, Americas with Owls, mini-Monkeys and Canadian Domain where Geese, Wolfs and Moose are found, Tundra Trek, where Polar Bears and Snow Owl live, Eurasia Wilds with Panda Habitat and Australasia Pavilion. There’s plenty to visit, in fact Zoo excursion is perfect for an all day date or family outing!
Unfortunately, most of restaurants are closed on the premises in winter, so do pack some snacks and sandwiches (just don’t feed the animals), and you can buy some coffee or hot chocolate at Tim Horton’s stand right by the polar bears and teepees! 🍵🎪
Also don’t forget to visit the gift shop and maybe bring some souvenir or your own panda friend home! 😜💗😚