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Summer Brings Australia-themed Fun to the Toledo Zoo

Posted May 15th, 2013 by Andi Norman  Category: Community Interest, Toledo.com

 

Summer is almost here, and no one knows how to enjoy it like your Toledo Zoo. Beginning Saturday, May 25, every day brings you a new Australia-themed experience – featuring the fascinating natural wonders of the Land Down Under. Opening Weekend of Wild Walkabout, presented by BP, is May 24 – 26, but the Aussie fun continues all summer long with Wild Walkabout, presented by Mercy.

It starts with animal feeds and enrichment demonstrations. From cassowaries, otters and Great Barrier Reef fish to penguins, elephants and vultures, watch your favorite animals chow down or interact with keepers and enrichment objects. It’s fun for visitors to watch and meaningful for the animals, too. This is one way the Zoo encourages naturalistic behaviors and stimulates the animals’ senses. Animal feeds and enrichment demonstrations are free with regular Zoo admission. The full schedule is at toledozoo.org/feedings.

In Nature’s Neighborhood, the award-winning children’s zoo, you’ll discover even more programs. The Play Stream is open for the summer, along with animals in The Forest, an interactive green screen in Jumpin’ Junction and kids’ programs in The Workshop. The Contact Yard lets you get up close to some groovy goats, while indoors, guinea pigs are waiting to meet you. Your family will love the daily live animal shows where you could meet a dingo, wallaby, kookaburra or other Aus-some animal. These activities are free with regular Zoo admission.

Additional activities, offered at a separate fee, include Behind-the-Scenes Tours that feature the Polar Bear Cubs/Arctic Encounter; Australia: Off the Beaten Path; Africa! (giraffe feed included); and Elephant Excellence. Continuing this year are family-favorite rides on the Safari Express train, African Animal and historic carousels. New ride passes make these opportunities more affordable than ever.

It’s all part of a Wild Walkabout summer, which opens to the public May 24. Don’t miss Baru, the huge saltwater crocodile brought to Toledo by Block Communications Inc., or the walk-through wallaby exhibit where you’ll come closer to these gentle marsupials than you’ve ever been before. Updates about Wild Walkabout are at toledozoo.org/walkabout.

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