Toronto Zoo: A Global Safari


When the kids are older, you’ll splurge on that around-the-world tour. Until then, there’s the Toronto Zoo. Divided by region, the largest zoo in Canada features over 5,000 animals from every continent but one (sorry, Antarctica), so your family can circle the globe without ever leaving the city. Start with the animals your little ones know from the movies. Your Kung Fu Panda fan will love the zoo’s Panda Interpretive Centre, which features games and interactive exhibits on the fuzzy critters, and they’ll go nuts when they first lay eyes on the bamboo-lovers themselves, Er Shun and Da Mao, a breeding pair currently on loan from China. Over at the African Savannah area, your young Lion King aficionado will get a kick out of seeing the African lions and meeting a real-life Pumbaa—although the zoo’s actual warthog isn’t quite as cute as the Hollywood version. Make sure everybody has comfortable shoes on, because exploring this sprawling zoo requires plenty of walking, along with frequent breaks to marvel at the giraffe’s long neck and take in the shifting colors of the chameleon. In the all-too-likely case that you get worn out before the kids, drop by the Discovery Zone, where they can use up the last of their energy riding camels, crawling into a massive tortoise shell, and petting giant birds before the sleepy car ride home.

Toronto Zoo

Meadowvale Rd Toronto ON M1B

(416) 392-5900

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