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Toronto Zoo Info


January 20, 2010, Toronto, Ontario: Toronto Zoo visitors, you’ve done it again! Once again, thanks to the enthusiasm and dedication of our patrons, the Toronto Zoo’s ECO-CELL program has landed in the number one spot, ahead of ahead of the San Diego Zoo, the Philadelphia Zoo and all of the other 175 participating wildlife organizations in the North American wide cell phone recycling project. The Toronto
Zoo has long been an international leader in its Eco-Cell program, recycling over 4,000 phones in 2009 and 12000 since 2006, more than any other organization!

Eco-Cell is a cell phone recycling program that helps preserve critical Lowland gorilla rainforest habitat in Africa. Coltan, a metallic ore used in cell phones and other electronic devices, is most easily mined in the very Congo rainforests which Lowland gorillas call home. Recycling cell phones lessens the need for mining coltan and thus helps preserve gorilla habitat.

“Conservation of nature can be an overwhelming concept, but the simplicity and accessibility of the Zoo’s cell phone recycling program makes it easy to make a difference,” says Dave Ireland, Toronto Zoo’s Curator of Conservation.

All funds collected from the Eco-Cell program are donated to gorilla conservation programs in Africa via the Zoo’s Endangered Species Recovery Fund. To make a donation directly to this fund, please call (416) 392-9114.
Used cell phones can be dropped off at or mailed directly to the Toronto Zoo. You can also join hundreds of school classes, businesses and government offices by requesting your very own Toronto Zoo ECO-CELL Collection Box. For more information visit www.torontozoo.com/Conservation/green.asp


You and your family and friends and Zoo lions, tigers, camels and more!We’re open year round (except Dec. 25th). And, barring extreme weather conditions, most of the animals that are on display outdoors in summer, are also on display in fall and winter. Bring the family along for some special times and memories in the holiday season.

  • Come and admire our baby male Lowland gorilla, Nassir, with his Mom Ngozi and Dad Charles, in the African Rainforest Pavilion.
  • Adventure through our NEW 10-acre award-winning Tundra Trek, featuring our newly renovated polar bear exhibit with new bears, Inukshuk, and the girls Nikita, and Aurora, and other animals including Arctic wolves.
  • Get to know your favourite animals against a backdrop of a winter wonderland of snow. Animals are more active in the cooler temperatures.
  • Grab a hot chocolate or cup of coffee to warm up and visit snow leopards, Arctic wolves, even camels.
  • Our Africa Restaurant and Snackbar Peacock Café remain open daily and there are fewer lineups. The Caribou Cafe will be open on weekends. Drop by Beavertails (open weekends, weather permitting) for a delicious snack.
  • For a quick tropical vacation, tour our indoor pavilions, bursting with animal and plant life.
  • If you are coming to visit a particular animal, call (416) 392-5929 the morning of your visit and we will check for you as to whether the animal is on display or not.
  • Plan on participating in our 34th Annual Christmas Treats Walk on December 26th (admission is half-priced all day) and our New Year’s Eve Family Countdown on Dec. 31st from 6pm to 9pm, including our very own family countdown at 9pm. For more info about these events, please visit torontozoo.com.


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