Toronto Zoo

Toronto Zoo
Toronto Zoo
361A Old Finch Ave
Scarborough, ON M1B 5K7

The Toronto Zoo opened its doors to the public on August 15, 1974 and is located in the Scarborough district of Toronto near the Rouge River. The Zoo is made up of 287 hectares (710 acres) of land making it the third largest Zoo in the world and is home to over 5000 animals.

The Toronto Zoo is split up into 6 major sections which are sorted by zoogeographic regions. They are Indo-Malaya, Africa, Americas, Australasia, Eurasia and the Canadian Domain. Animals are displayed indoors in tropical pavilions and outdoors in naturalistic environments. There are many different levels and angled viewing areas to check out the animals.

The zoo attracts over 1 million visitors each year and has over 10 km (six miles) of walking trails for you to enjoy the beautiful scenery.

Things worth a look at the Toronto Zoo are the award winning African Savanna, the incredible 10-acre Tundra Trek featuring an amazing 5-acre Polar bear habitat complete with underwater viewing area, the Gorilla Rainforest home to the Western Lowland Gorilla troop and Nassir, the Great Barrier Reef, and Zellers Discovery Zone featuring Kids Zoo, Splash Island and Waterside Theatre.


Regions of the Toronto Zoo


The Indo-Malayan area contains two pavilions that exhibit plants and animals from the southern and southeast Asia. The featured animals in this part of the zoo include Indian rhinos, Malayan tapirs, lion tailed macaques, orangutans,mandarin ducks, spiny turtles, rare Sumatran tigers, and various freshwater fish. This section contains 4 outdoor exhibits. This region of the Toronto Zoo is located west of the park entrance.


The African Savanna was the largest expansion in the history of the Toronto Zoo. It opened in 1998 and combined with the African Rainforest Pavilion encompasses most of the Northern West (from entrance) third of the zoo. The featured species in the African Savanna includes lions, zebras, olive baboons, greater kudus, sable antelopes, white rhinos, elephants, hippopotamuses, hyenas and masai giraffe. Here you will also find the world?s largest indoor Gorilla exhibit.

Canadian Wilderness Domain

This area of the park is situated in the Rouge Valley, with plans to move it onto the zoo?s tableland. This section exhibits animals commonly found in Canada living in their native environment. The featured animals in this region of the zoo include, muskox, bison, moose, cougar and grizzly bear. This region of the Zoo is located North East of the park entrance, east of the African Savanna and North of the Americas.


The Americas region includes animals from both North and South American regions. Several monkey species can be found in this section and the Americas Pavilion also houses most of the zoo’s reptile and amphibian collection. The Mayan Temple Ruins features jaguars, spider monkeys and flamingos. In this region you will also find a wide variety of amphibians, reptiles, fish, and insects. Located east of the park entrance, north of Eurasia.


The Australasian Pavilion features animals from the Australian mainland, as well as surrounding islands. Featured species in this area include yabbys, thorny devil stick insects, a variety of Australian reptiles, kangaroos, wallabies, emus, wombats, kookaburras, red-tailed black cockatoos, Matschie’s tree kangaroos and Komodo dragons. Here you can also check out the Great Barrier Reef exhibit. Located in the south eastern region of the zoo map, east of the park entrance.


Eurasia is the oldest section of the Toronto Zoo. The featured species in this section are Siberian tigers, snow leopards, Przewalski’s wild horses, red pandas, Barbary apes, and Bactrian camels. In June 2007, two rare snow leopards were born, this is the first birth in thirteen years. These snow leopards are some of featured animals in this section of the zoo. This area is immediately east of the park entrance.

Tundra Trek

The Tundra Trek opened in August 2009 and in this region Arctic animals are showcased. The animals that can be found in these state of the art exhibits include reindeer, polar bears, snowy owls, snow geese, arctic foxes and arctic wolf. Here you will find an amazing 5-acre Polar bear habitat complete with underwater viewing area. You can find this exhibit immediately east of the Americas.

Zellers Discovery Zone

This area consists of a kid?s zoo where a variety of animals are available for children to interact with. Also in this area is a water park titled Splash Island, which is an educational water park with variously-themed exhibits that teaches about the states-of-matter of water: solid (ice), liquid (water), and gas. Exhibits are grouped around variously themed groups of aquatic animals, as well as river, lake, and ocean themes. The last major feature of this region is an open-air theatre titled Waterside Theatre were the zoo demonstrates the natural characteristics of a variety of animals including alpacas, goats, falcons, turkey vultures, hawks, skunks, ferrets and hornbills.

Directions and Map to the Toronto Zoo

By Car

From the South or West:  Take HWY 401 to Meadowvale Road (Exit # 389) and follow the signs or take the QEW / Gardiner Expressway  East, merge on to the Don Valley Parkway (DVP) North until you reach the 401 where you will head East to Meadowvale Road (Exit # 389), follow the signs.

From the North: Take the 400 south until you reach the 401, head east on HWY 401 to Meadowvale Road (Exit # 389) and follow the signs.

From East: If you are west of Meadowvale Road head east on the 401 until Meadowvale Road (Exit # 389) and follow the signs, If you are east of Meadowvale Road head west until Meadowvale Road (Exit # 389) and follow the signs.

By Public Transit

The TTC operates two bus routes to the Toronto Zoo, from four rapid transit stations. At the Zoo, all TTC buses serve a bus stop conveniently located close to the main entrance.

The 86A Scarborough bus route operates to the Zoo from Kennedy Station every day during the summer. Buses run from about 6am to 8pm. After Labour Day, 86A Scarborough buses operate to the Zoo from Monday to Friday only.

The 85 Sheppard East bus route operates to the Zoo from Don Mills Station and Rouge Hill GO Station on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. 85A “Via Toronto Zoo” and 85B “To Toronto Zoo” buses serve the Zoo directly, from about 7am to 8pm. Other 85 Sheppard East buses serve the Sheppard Avenue/Meadowvale Road intersection, where customers can transfer to 86A Scarborough buses for the short trip into the Zoo.

Both TTC bus routes that serve the Zoo, as well as Don Mills Station, Kennedy Station, and Rouge Hill GO Station, are accessible to customers who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices.

For more route information, visit the TTC at or contact them at 416-393-4636

By Go Train

The Toronto Zoo is just minutes from the Rouge Hill GO Station. Board a TTC 85 Sheppard East bus to the Zoo right at the station. For GO Train information, please visit

Map of the Toronto Zoo Location

Toronto Zoo Video

Contact the Toronto Zoo

Email: tzwebmaster at
Phone: 416-392-5929

Adopt an Animal: 416-392-9114
Education Programs: 416-392-5947
Lost & Found:  416-392-5905
PR Marketing & Communications: 416-392-5938
Volunteer Services:  416-392-5942

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