Growing up one of my favourite places to visit was the zoo, I have always loved animals and getting to see so many different ones was always incredibly exciting to me. So when the Toronto Zoo invited myself and Stephanie from Tragic Wardrobe to stop by, I couldn’t contain my excitement. We planned a trip for as soon as possible and drove out to spend the day.
The Toronto Zoo is one of world’s largest zoos at 710 acres with over 10km of walking trails divided into 7 zoological regions – IndoMalaya, Africa, the Americas, Australasia, Eurasia, the Canadian Domain and the Tundra Trek. Each region is perfectly themed to make you feel like you have truly stepped foot into the savanna or the rainforest. As you walk along the paths you visit each region and are presented with not only animals from that area but also different sights and sounds. The Tundra Trek is set up like a settler’s camp in the Arctic, IndoMalaya is full of indoor rainforests and the Canadian Domain is nestled deep in the forest.
There are 5000 animals within 500 different species spread throughout the regions. All of the animals are grouped with others from their country in separate enclosures that all seem to connect together to make a very cohesive experience. Each region has indoor pavilions and outside environments that are designed to mimic the animal’s natural habitat, they are large, very open and full of different levels and structures for the animals to hide or lay in.
Within each region are special exhibits like the Gorilla Rainforest featuring a baby gorilla named NNeka, the Great Barrier Reef with all of the classic fish we love and the Xie Shou Giant Panda Experience with 2 Giant Pandas from China. There are regular “shows” with zoo keepers that let you learn a little bit more about each animal and you get to see fun things like animals feeding or showing off their talents.
Every exhibit is a new experience but they are all so much fun. The zoo is such an immersive place that you end up forgetting about the rest of the world and having the best time of your life.
The Toronto Zoo is such an amazing little gem in the middle of Toronto and it is a place that everyone needs to experience at least once in their lifetime. Check out the Toronto Zoo’s Youtube Channel for fun behind the scenes videos and stay tuned for a post on my outfit from that day.
Have you been to the Toronto Zoo? What is your favourite animal?