As of Saturday, March 14, the Toronto Zoo closed its doors in response to the global Covid pandemic. Like many other companies and organizations, they did it to “ensure the safety and well-being of [their] guests, members, staff, volunteers, and animals.”
Credit: Toronto Zoo
Though they are not open to the public, the Toronto Zoo has a little treat up their sleeves. Every Tuesday and Thursday at 11am EST, the Toronto Zoo is bringing the Zoo to you! Twice a week, they offer a free virtual learning live session, which makes for a perfect resource for parents to keep their kiddos entertained!
Of course, these live videos (which stream on this oh-so-adorable YouTube Channel), are perfect for all ages - providing animal lovers with fun facts and super interesting information. We’re always up for a learning opportunity - aren’t you?! On Thursday, April 9, you can tune in and explore The Toronto Zoo’s Americas Pavillion.
Don’t worry - if you’re bummed that you missed out on some of their previous videos, they’ve got them all archived here. Located in Scarborough, Ontario, the Toronto Zoo takes up a whopping 287 hectares. It is known to be the largest zoo in Canada. It is divided into seven zoogeographic regions including: Eurasia, Africa, and Americas. Their official mission: “Connecting people, animals and conservation science to fight extinction.”
While the zoo remains closed to the public, there will be minimal Zoo staff on-site to ensure the health of all 5000 animals.