Toledo Zoo

Toledo Zoo’s Nature’s Neighborhood is alive with fun!

When the weather warms up, the outdoor portion of Nature’s Neighborhood becomes a great place to play and learn while enjoying the ideal temperatures!

Cool off your feet as you explore the stream. Build small dams, play, or just wade down the stream!

Brush and pet friendly goats in the goat yard!

Visit our backyard for learning fun and discover games, activities, or even scientific demonstrations!

Get a view from the top when you climb the rope ladder, take the stairs, or even use our accessible ramp at our Tree house!

If the weather is inclement or cold, Nature’s Neighborhood has plenty to offer inside! All year you can meet plenty of live animals, explore, and try various activities on your own!

Indoor activities include:

*Visit the Home Sweet Home Ohio Home

*Come meet our guinea pigs

*Paint your face like your favorite animal

*Watch science in action

*Explore the forest room

*Watch our live bee hive thrive

*Participate in scheduled workshop activities

 Nature’s Neighborhood is always free with regular Zoo admission.


You may or may not know that the Toledo Zoo is involved in numerous conservation initiatives locally as well as across the globe. 

Through donations to our Conservation Today program, donors have helped support such important initiatives as:

  • Reintroducing more than 700 Hellbender salamanders back into their native cleaned-up Ohio streams
  • Ensuring Monarch butterflies continue to pollinate and beautify Toledo area vegetable gardens and landscapes
  • Conducting research on critically endangered rattlesnake populations in the U.S and Aruba
  • Tracking and monitoring population health of imperiled native Ohio turtles
  • Continuing the effective promotion and installation of native plants and natural landscapes throughout northwest Ohio to provide habitat for wildlife and migratory birds, while filtering rain water run off
  • Partnering with the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program to address the communicable cancer decimating this species in the wild
  • Reintroducing 1,000+ Kihansi Spray Toads to the Kihansi gorge in Tanzania to save them from extinction
  • Joining forces with the Mariana Avifauna Conservation Program to capture, translocate and transfer at-risk bird species in order to establish captive assurance populations

Visit us at to learn more about how we are inspiring others to join us in caring for animals and conserving the natural world and making a difference locally and globally.


NEW Young Professionals group at the Toledo Zoo

The Toledo Zoo is proud to have introduced YPAC (Young Professionals for Animals and Conservation) in 2016!

This is a group designed for motivated, connected and adventurous young professionals ages 21-mid 40s with a passion to think globally and act locally on behalf of animals and the natural world. YPAC will not only provide social and business network opportunities, but will also incorporate volunteer opportunities to give back to both the Zoo and our community.

For more information on memberships and upcoming events, click here.

Join the Hottest Dance Party of the Summer

Keep cool as you dance the night away in the Zoo’s newest and air conditioned party central, Malawi Event Center, boasting an 80 foot long Aquarium wall featuring colorful endangered fish!

Proceeds benefit the Toledo Zoo’s conservation initiatives both locally and globally! From native prairies that expand habitat for pollinators and migrating birds to saving Tasmanian devils, orangutans and Kihansi spray toads from extinction in the wild, your support of Rock n Roar makes a difference!

ADA Day at the Toledo Zoo

Come out on Monday, July 24 for ADA Day at the Toledo Zoo! In partnership with The Ability Center, the Toledo Zoo will host the annual ADA Day Informational Fair.

Celebrate the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at the Toledo Zoo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rain or shine, an assortment of local companies and organizations will set up booths on Zoo grounds to showcase the wide variety of goods and services offered to those with disabilities.

For more information, click here.


What’s blooming at the Toledo Zoo?

Butterfly Weed or Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly weed is a native perennial that blooms bright orange flowers June to August.  It can grow one – two feet tall and wide, likes full sun and can tolerate dry conditions.  As a species of milkweed, it is a nectar source for many butterflies and the leaves are a food source for monarch butterfly larvae.  You can find butterfly weed growing at the Toledo Zoo in the Broadway Pavilion, Aviary and in the Wild Toledo prairies. To read more about what’s blooming at the Zoo, click here.


Join us at the Toledo Zoo for our next Young Professionals event!

The Toledo Zoo is proud to introduce Young Professionals for Animals and Conservation or YPAC.

This is a group designed for motivated, connected and adventurous young professionals ages 21-mid 40s with a passion to think globally and act locally on behalf of animals and the natural world.

Join us for the next YPAC After Hours event featuring Luminous Nights, a new fall event at the Toledo Zoo featuring 500+ Chinese lanterns including animals and botanicals arranged in whimsical, colorful mini stories throughout Zoo grounds. Network and socialize with peers from 6-7:30 p.m., enjoy a cocktail and snacks and see a lantern making demonstration from a Chinese artisan. Enjoy the lantern show after the event.

To learn more and register, click here.

Big cats at the Toledo Zoo

Who isn’t fascinated by Amur tigers (Panthera tigris ssp. altaica), also known as Siberian tigers?  They can grow to an average of 10 feet in length and weigh between 390 and 660 pounds. Each individual animal has a unique set of stripes that provides crucial camouflage.

In the 1940s, these beautiful striped predators were hunted to the very brink of extinction. While the species has made a significant recovery, Amur tigers are still listed on the IUCN Red List as endangered with a wild population of only about 400 animals. Those that remain in the wild are now only found in a remote temperate forest section of Far East Russia, even though they have the largest home range of all tiger sub species.

Amur tigers are nocturnal hunters that prey on elk and boar, however, in their native range prey is becoming increasingly scarce. Other threats facing Amur tigers today are poaching for illegal wildlife trade and habitat loss due to poaching. You can see two of these majestic creatures on exhibit in Tiger Terrace at the Toledo Zoo.


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