Friday, April 11, 2014

April Events at the Toronto Zoo

You know we love our visits to the Toronto Zoo. It's such a great place to get outdoors, enjoy some fresh air in the Rouge forest and see and learn about animals from around the world. We treasure our membership and how lucky we are to live so close by.

On our last trip we were lucky to catch a glimpse of one of the Zoo's newest members, a sweet baby gorilla, born to mom Ngozi and dad Charles, on January 10 this year. This baby girl shares a birthday with Boo, so I think that's pretty special. Unfortunately I wasn't able to get a good picture of her, as mom was being very protective, but we did get to see her nurse and cuddle into her momma. So adorable!

Next step, this little girl needs a name, and the Zoo is reaching out to the community for help. Do you have a great name idea? Name submissions are being accepted (one per person per day) until 12:00 NOON on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, and the name will be announced at the end of April. Note that the name must be suitable for a female and must begin with the letter N, as the Zoo's tradition is to keep the first letter of the mother's name. African names are desired.  

To inspire you, here is a beautiful shot of mother and child, courtesy of the Toronto Zoo.
photo credit: Bill Longo
Get out to see this little darling in person if you can!
In the meantime, here are some additional happenings at the Zoo this April. Check them out!

Special Enrichment Feeding
How did Malaysian painted turtles get their name? While these turtles are normally dull in colour, in the breeding season (which is going on right now) males become very colourful!

Come out to the Indo-Malaya Pavilion every Saturday this April, at 1:30, for a special enrichment feeding with the painted turtles and see if you can tell the males from the females. Will the girls be more impressed with the boys colours or the fun way their food is presented to them?
Malaysian Painted Turtle
Photo Credit: Toronto Zoo

Saturday, April 19 to Monday, April 21, 2014
10:00am to 4:00pm
Spring has sprung at the Toronto Zoo, and it's the place to be this Easter Weekend! This year we are celebrating Easter in the Conservation Connection Centre with crafts, colouring, egg-educational activities and giant panda mascots - who will be dressed in their Easter best! What is Easter without eggs? Visit one of our many free Daily Keeper Talks to experience egg-citing enrichment, plus keep your eye peeled for festive eggs in various animal exhibits all throughout the Zoo site!
Saturday, April 26, 2014
10:00am to 2:30pm, Administrative Boardroom
Each year, the Toronto Zoo hosts rattlesnake workshops for the people who share habitat with rattlesnakes near their homes and cottages, and where they work and play. Space is limited. For a $5 donation: snacks, lots of fun, resources to take home and time to visit our interactive Massasauga area on the Zoo site. To register or more information please call 416-392-5968 or email
Sunday, April 27, 2014
9:30am to 3:30pm
Discover how to take your students' learning to a new level within the natural setting of the Toronto Zoo! Visit our educational booths in the main courtyard to learn more about the school programs and teacher resources available. * Pre-registration is mandatory for this event.
CLICK HERE to register.

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