Toledo Zoo

Tink’s Story at the Toledo Zoo

Not all turtles are as fortunate as Tink.

Nets are a big problem. These big nets travel across the bottom of the ocean and catch everything. Sometimes shrimp trolls will have up to a 90% waste ratio. So, for every 10 lbs of shrimp brought onto the boat, there are 90 lbs of other fish or animals, which are shoveled overboard or are simply dead. Including sea turtles.

For more about Tink:

You can adopt Tink and support your Toledo Zoo.


Celebrate at the Zoo this holiday weekend

Join us for the Animal Egg Hunt on Friday, March 30 or Breakfast with the Bunny on either Friday, March 30 or Saturday, March 31.

At Animal Egg Hunt, visitors can enjoy watching their favorite Zoo animals discover what enrichment treats the Easter Bunny left in their baskets. This event runs from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and is free with Zoo admission. Learn more here.

Bring the whole family to the Zoo for the complete spring experience from 9 – 11 a.m. for Breakfast with the Bunny. Begin with an egg hunt, then sit down in the Malawi Event Center for a breakfast buffet, get pictures taken with the bunny, meet a new animal friend and enjoy fun crafts and activities. Buy tickets here.


Check out the newest animal arrivals at the Toledo Zoo!

This year, the Toledo Zoo was pleased to welcome several new members to our animal collection.

Come see Kipenzi, our newest female giraffe calf, on exhibit daily, in the Africa! exhibit. She joins our watusi cattle, gazelles and warthogs, just to name a few. Coedie, a male koala, arrived from the San Diego Zoo earlier this spring and has taken up residence in the Aviary. Come see Kipenzi, Coedie, and the whole gang at YOUR Toledo Zoo!

To learn more, click here.

Come out to the Toledo Zoo for the Buckeye Broadband Wild about Art event this weekend!

Join us at the Zoo on August 5 & 6 for this unique show set in the wild beauty of the number one Zoo in the nation, featuring pieces in various mediums from nearly 100 incredibly talented local and regional artists along with a children’s art area, live entertainment, art demonstrations and much more!

There will even be painting demos by our animal artists in residence.

To learn more, click here.

Come celebrate ZooTeeNation!

The Conda Family Toledo ZOOTeen program is a seasonal/year-round service and leadership program for teenagers, ages 13-17. 

The program launched in 1999 with 17 members and now over 400 teens are participating in the ZOOTeen program.  Youth are recruited for the summer season and then have the opportunity to be involved throughout the year.  The teens are also able to participate in successive years until they turn 18, at which point they may continue as adult volunteers.  This continuity provides the Toledo ZOOTeens with innumerable opportunities to create long-term service opportunities that allows our members to build their skills, explore new experiences and be engaged within their communities.

Please join us on Thursday, September 28 for an event to learn more about this program, engage with current and alumni members and meet some of the Zoo’s education animals.

To learn more, click here.

Day of Honor supported by Marathon and HCR ManorCare at the Toledo Zoo

Join us in the Main Plaza on Sunday, 9/10 as we pay tribute to the men and women who keep us safe all year long and see some of the vehicles they use as they do!

Get up close to a real fire truck, police car and ambulance, plus a mini-version of an F-16 fighter jet, and take part in some cool crafts and activities. Sign our giant thank-you cards that will be presented at 1:30 p.m. to honor some very special heroes.

It has often been said that America is the land of the free, because of the brave. At the Toledo Zoo, we whole-heartedly agree. Sunday, September 10 we will honor all of the first responders that help keep us safe with Day of Honor supported by Marathon Petroleum Company and HCR ManorCare. All military members, police, firefighters and EMTs receive free admission to the Zoo by showing their professional ID or badge.

To show your gratitude for the bravery of first responders, please sign our giant thank you cards in the Main Plaza. These cards will be presented to local safety organizations at 1:30 p.m.

Bringing Lake Sturgeon Back to the Maumee River

The Toledo Zoo will begin construction of a modular facility on Zoo-owned property near the Maumee River to headstart lake sturgeon. Toledo Zoo expects to rear thousands of lake sturgeon from eggs collected in U.S. and Canadian waters until the fish are approximately six months old. At that point, the sturgeon will be released into the Maumee River and their population monitored by fisheries biologists with the Ohio Division of Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The goal is to rear the fish in Maumee River water from a young age and capitalize on the homing ability of the species in hopes that they will return to the waterway to spawn at adulthood in approximately 20 years.

To learn more about the project, please visit our Wild Toledo website.

Are Your Kids Ready For an Adventure?

Toledo Zoo Summer Camp

Join in on the adventure and discover the habitats where some of the Zoo’s fantastic beasts are found. Or discover what it would be like to be a zookeeper? Your kids will have a great time this summer learning about animals, conservation, and so much more at the Toledo Zoo’s Summer Camp programs.

Here’s a video of just one of the camps focusing on local conservation:



Namaste for Nature—Yoga at the Toledo Zoo!

Tame the monkeys in your head with a relaxing morning among our beautiful gardens and aquatic exhibits!

Help support the Zoo’s native prairie and horticultural programs while getting your Zen on at Namaste for Nature – yoga at the Toledo Zoo. As you connect with nature during this one-hour session, your participation directly benefits our conservation efforts both within our community and across the globe.

Classes will be held from 9-10 a.m. on four consecutive Saturdays in September and led by certified yoga instructors from Toledo-area studios. Advanced registration is required. Participants must be at least 16 years of age.

To register and learn more, visit

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