Fun Flocks to the Toledo Zoo

Posted May 29th, 2014 by Andi Norman  Category: Community Interest


Summer is almost here, and no one knows how to enjoy it like your Toledo Zoo, where each day brings you a new flight-themed experience. The feathery fun continues all summer long with Penguin Beach, Flamingo Key sponsored by Toledo Express Airport, and ‘Keet Retreat sponsored by BP.

It starts with animal feeds and enrichment demonstrations. From keeper-led feeds of penguins, hippos and native turtles to enrichment for Cinereous Vultures, Rhinoceros Hornbills and elephants, 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, and these opportunities are free with regular Zoo admission. The full schedule is at

In Nature’s Neighborhood, the award-winning children’s zoo, even more fun is waiting. The Play Stream is open for the summer, along with new animals in the Forest Room, an interactive green screen in Jumpin’ Junction and kids’ programs in The Workshop. Families will love the daily live animal shows where you might meet a hawk or other winged wonder. At the Indoor Theatre inside the Museum of Science, learn more about how animals fly through Science of Flight shows every morning and afternoon. All these activities are free with regular Zoo admission.

Additional activities, offered at a separate fee and available through online advance reservation, include new Behind-the-Scenes Tours that feature penguins, seals, big cats, rhinos, Watusi cattle and Australian dingoes. Continuing this year are family-favorite rides on the Safari Express train, African Animal and historic carousels. The Zoo’s ride passes make these opportunities more affordable than ever.

Visitor experiences like these are just some of the reasons the Toledo Zoo is rated the #1 zoo in the nation by USA Today Travel, and among the top ten family attractions nationwide by FamilyFun Magazine. It’s all part of the Zoo’s year-long celebration of flight. Join the flock!

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