Toledo Zoo


Join one of the Zoo’s horticulturists for this garden tour series.

Planting for Small Spaces

Tuesday, June 12th

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Come see the best plant combinations and techniques to pack the most punch into a small space. If you have a limited garden area or even just an apartment balcony, this tour of our smaller beds and container gardens will inspire you to see new potential in smaller spaces.

Tours 90 minutes, rain or shine
10:30 a.m. – noon
Cost: $15 – members receive $5 discount
Maximum: 20 people 
Reservations are required

What’s blooming at the Toledo Zoo

 ‘Quick Fire’

Panicle Hydrangea or Hydrangea paniculata

‘Quick Fire’ hydrangea is a wonderful shrub that blooms white flowers maturing to a reddish-purple color June to September.  ‘Quick Fire’ flowers up to a month earlier than other hydrangeas and blooms on new wood, so no pruning is required and the flowers can get up to 6” tall! ‘Quick Fire’, along with several other hydrangeas can be found in the Aquarium, Pheasantry and Aquarium Adventure Trail landscapes at the Zoo.

To learn more, click here.

What’s Blooming at the Toledo Zoo?

In bloom this month at the Zoo!

Daphne ‘Carol Mackie’ is most noted for its outstanding multi-colored foliage. It is a dense, slow-growing, deciduous shrub which typically grows 2-3 feet tall, prefers some shade and features fragrant clusters of pale pink flowers in late spring followed by tiny red drupes in the fall. Its oblong, grayish-green leaves have striking, cream-edged margins and the foliage often persists well into the winter. This unique landscape accent can be found in the Aquarium landscape.

Visit the Zoo’s horticulture page to learn more!

The Toledo Zoo’s Own Mudhen

While the name American Coot may not ring a bell for many, when the Mudhen nickname is mentioned, the proverbial light bulb flashes!

American Coots or Mudhens (yes, like the Toledo minor league baseball team) are found all across the United States but are common in the marshes of Lake Erie. Mudhens have slate gray bodies, red eyes and an ivory bill with dark markings on the top and tip. They also have lobed feet instead of webbed feet. Mudhens are omnivores that eat plants, algae, insects, fish crustaceans and eggs. These tough, adaptable waterbirds can both swim and walk on land well. They are commonly found in flocks near shallow freshwater sources. Mudhens are known to be aggressive and noisy birds that have a large variety of calls and sound off often. Interestingly, Mudhens are known to fight each other with their feet, usually over territory.

The Zoo currently has an American Coot, supported by the Gary Marck family, on exhibit in Flamingo Key. Our bird staff suggests looking toward the back of the exhibit to spot the Mudhen!

Make a visit to the Reptile House at the Toledo Zoo!

Overcome your fears and learn more about the amazing residents of our WPA-era Reptile House! 

The scientific name for the Green mamba is Dendroaspis angusticeps, which in ancient Greek means tree snake with a long, narrow head. Green mambas, like their name implies, are bright almost neon green snakes that average 6-7 feet in length.

These snakes are fairly common in their native range of Tanzania, Zimbabwe and southern Africa. Additionally, these venomous creatures are arboreal, meaning they live in trees. They will occasionally descent to the ground to forage, drink and sun but when startled or after attack quickly retreat to higher ground.

Interestingly, green mambas hatch from eggs being a blue green color and get greener with each skin shedding as they grow. Green mambas are the smallest of the four species of mambas and prey on small mammals, birds, eggs and rodents. These snakes are known to strike quickly (they can move as fast as 7 miles per hour) and bite multiple times, injecting large amounts of venom into their prey. Check out this incredible snake on exhibit in the Reptile House!

Explore Nature’s Neighborhood at the Toledo Zoo!

Do you need an excuse to get of the house over the holiday break?

Come out and explore Nature’s Neighborhood, which boasts an array of indoor activities for children all year long at the Toledo Zoo! Explore ‘Home sweet home,’ where you can learn about taking care of pets and interact with our guinea pigs, or discover ‘The Workshop’ where visitors can try various activities to learn about animal behaviors and their diets. Click here to learn more.


The walleye—a northwest Ohio favorite!

Did you know walleye are the largest member of the perch family, capable of living for decades and growing up to 31 inches long and weighing 20 lbs, with females usually being larger than males?

The walleye name comes from the fact that their eyes point outward, like looking at a wall. While this placement helps the fish see in the rough waters, it also catches light which provides what fishers refer to as eye-shine to help catch fish in the dark.

In the spring and fall, walleye congregate in the rocky areas of shallow bay waters. They spawn in the spring and then seek cooler temperatures in deeper waters in the summer time. Walleye are a favorite of local fisherman as they actively feed all winter and can be caught year-round, even ice fishing. Come visit our walleye at the Toledo Zoo, on exhibit in the Native Fishes exhibit in the Aquarium.

Toast an evening at the Toledo Zoo

Join us at the Toledo Zoo for Zoo Brew, sponsored by Meijer, on Friday, 10/6.

Whether you prefer sours or stouts, pale ale or porters, IPAs or imports, Zoo Brew has the perfect pick to please your palate. The 21 and over crowd can sample craft brews from several local microbreweries and distributors in a new progressive tasting format with stations in both the Malawi Event Center and the Lodge. There will be live music from local acoustic guitarists in both facilities.

Your ticket to Zoo Brew includes admission to Luminous Nights. Click here to learn more and purchase  ticket.

Toledo Zoo’s Medical Mutual Dart Frog Dash


Join us Sat, May 20 for the Medical Mutual Dart Frog Dash! 

5K walk/ run at 8:30 a.m. Kids’ Fun Run at 9:45 a.m.

Want to run or walk but not feeling ready?  Here are some quick tips to get there in just six weeks!

  • Buddy up! Conditioning with a friend will keep you motivated and moving.
  • Get the right gear! Invest in a good pair of running shoes and a feel-good outfit. Visit Dave’s Running Shop for some expert advice!
  • Slow and steady is the way to go. Start out running 10 seconds, then walk the remainder of each minute. Work up to running for two minutes and walking for one until you can run the full distance.
  • Use a training schedule such as:
    • Week 1:  Tue- train 10 mins; Thu- 13 mins; Sat- one mile
    • Week 2:  Tue- train 16 mins; Thu- 19 mins; Sat- 2 miles
    • Week 3:  Tue- train 19 mins; Thu- 22 mins; Sat- 2.5 miles
    • Week 4:  Tue- train 22 mins; Thu- 25 mins; Sat- 3  miles
    • Week 5:  Tue- train 25 mins; Thu- 28 mins; Sat- 3.5 miles
    • Week 6:  Tue- train 20 mins; Thu- 30 mins: Sat – run your first 5k!

For more information or to register, visit or call 419-385-5721, ext. 2091. 

Register by May 14 to be guaranteed an event t-shirt!  Or, register by May 1 and upgrade to a Nike Dri Fit tech tee for a small fee!

Registrants & their cheering sections who arrive on Zoo grounds prior to 10 a.m. can stay and enjoy a day at the Zoo at no additional charge.

Team Sponsorship opportunities available!

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Packet Pick-Up Sponsor:

Kids’ Fun Run Sponsor:

Media Sponsor:

Corporate Team Sponsor:

Supporting Corporate Team Sponsors: Root, Savage & Associates inc.,Toledo Public Schools, EY-Team Chris Mabrey, and University of Toledo Eberly Center.



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