African Rainforest Pavilion

One of the biggest highlights of my zoo visit is always a stop to watch the Toronto Zoo’s charismatic troop of Western lowland gorillas.  Gorillas hold a special place in my heart as it was my introduction to them through the dedicated work of Dian Fossey that first inspired me to want to not only work with…

Kesho Park

Also out on Toronto Zoo’s savannah is Kesho Park Headquarters, a cabin set up like an African safari outpost, where visitors are surrounded by animal skins, horns and tortoise shells that can be touched, as well as pictures and information on conservation issues.  Interactive exhibits like this are great for adult and children alike and…

To the Heart of Africa

I’ve always dreamed of visiting Africa and one main reason is its diverse habitats that are home to some of the most amazing animals.  The closest I’ve come to Africa thus far is wandering the paths of Toronto Zoo’s Africa exhibits, from the depths of the African Rainforest Pavilion to the wide expanse of Kesho…

Butterflies Enchant while Orangutans Amuse

The Toronto Zoo’s paths are easy to navigate; taking a complete circle helps visitors to not miss one precious animal.  Taking the path clockwise you enter the region of Indomalaya where you’ll find plants and animals from southern and southeast Asia.  The first animal you encounter is the lion-tailed macaques.  These quiet and languid monkeys…

Spotlight on the Toronto Zoo

The beautiful Rouge Valley, at 11,500 acres, thirteen times the size of New York’s Central Park, is Toronto’s largest park, and encompasses the Toronto Zoo.  With over 5,000 animals representing almost 500 species spread over 700 acres; the Toronto Zoo is one of the largest zoos in the world.  Animals are exhibited geographically, each region…