|photo credit: Toronto Zoo|
Busy this weekend? If you don't have your days completely booked yet, consider heading to the Toronto Zoo. Saturday, February 27, marks the first day that the Zoo's polar bear cub, Juno, will be on view for the public. And you know how I love our Zoo babies!
Born November 11, 2015, Juno has been hand-raised by Zoo staff since birth, within the Wildlife Health Centre and the polar bear house. She has spent the last few weeks exploring and adjusting to her new outdoor habitat in the polar bear maternity area of the Tundra Trek. Now, starting on February 27, and weather permitting, you'll be able to meet her from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm daily. (Note that she will occasionally not be visible to the public for short periods of time for feedings and vet checks.)
It's supposed to be a mild weekend to boot, so it will be a great time for a visit to all the Zoo animals.
As well, Saturday marks International Polar Bear Day, and the Toronto Zoo has special activities planned to celebrate:
Free with Zoo admission
Celebrate International Polar Bear Day and show your love for polar bears by joining us at our very ‘cool’ Polar Bear Festival. Visitors will be able to take part in fun and educational activities that help raise awareness and support this threatened Canadian species. Polar Bear Fest includes polar bear themed children’s activities and crafts (indoors!), silent auction with a chance to win a special behind the scenes tour for four people, and much more!
Conserving the Polar Bear (*Pre-registration required)
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
$5 per Member, $8 per Non-Member plus General Admission fee
*proceeds will support polar bear conservation.
Join us for a special presentation to meet two of our very own polar bear keepers as they share stories of the Zoo’s family of polar bears, the importance of enrichment, their experiences in Churchill, and how the Zoo is helping to support polar bear conservation in the wild. Following the Toronto Zoo's keeper presentation, Luana Sciullo, from York University will share her exciting research on wild polar bears which investigates their success at finding food in relation to environmental change in Canada’s Arctic.
PLUS, those who register to attend this presentation will have an exclusive opportunity to win a special Meet-the-Keeper experience for themselves and one guest at the Zoo’s polar bear exhibit!
Space is limited, so register now!