Toledo Zoo

What’s Blooming at the Toledo Zoo?

‘Nikko’ is a dwarf cultivar growing 1-2 feet tall and spreading 2-5 feet wide, forming a graceful, spreading mound. White flowers cover the shrub in early spring for several days while the leaves turn an attractive deep burgundy in fall. This plant is easily grown in well-drained soil in full sun to part shade and can be found in the Gardens, Aquarium, Avian Breeding Center and Primate Forest landscapes.

Give the gift of a Toledo Zoo membership this holiday season

As the holiday season approaches, consider stuffing a stocking with a Zoo membership for all the animal lovers on your list! 

Give the gift of family-time and memory-making, along with year-round entertainment and educational fun. You can also feel good knowing your gift membership supports top-notch animal care & conservation efforts locally and around the world.

A Zoo membership truly is the gift that keeps on giving! Click here to purchase or gift a Toledo Zoo membership.


Join the conservation movement by participating in TerraCycle at the Toledo Zoo

Valentine’s Day and Easter mean all kinds of treats!

If the piles of wrappers and pouches are taking over your kitchen, your Zoo is here to help recycle all the “evidence.” Pack up all of your pretzel/potato chip/salty snack bags, foil lined and plastic wrappers from energy/granola bars and pop-tarts, aluminum cans, drink and snack pouches and bring them to the TerraCycle drop offs, supported by First Solar, at the entry gates at the Zoo.

There is no need to rinse or clean the items, just be sure they are empty and we will take it from there. We do all the sorting, as well. The new, open-to-the-public, Terracycle program at your Toledo Zoo is the recycling super center! For more details, click here


10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Celebrate Mother Earth and learn all about recycling, reusing and conserving our world through educational displays and fun activities.

Bring in recyclable goods to make the Earth a little “greener.”

Drop off your recyclable goods between 10am and 4pm in the Zoo’s Anthony Wayne Trail parking lot. Admission/parking charges do not apply to this special recycling project. Below is a list of items that will be accepted along with the organizations that made this possible.

Items can be dropped off in the Zoo’s Anthony Wayne Trail Parking Lot.

As well as dropping off your recyclables, the Zoo is the perfect place to spend a great day with your family! Get tips on how to be more ecofriendly as you talk with people from local “green” organizations. Enjoy special Earth Day activities in Nature’s Neighborhood and watch animal demonstrations all across the zoo. It’s all included free with regular Zoo admission!

Visit to learn what items will be recycled and more information about sustainable practices.

Party for the Planet is sponsorsed by MetroPCS and Toledo Waterways Initiative.



Steve Martin & Martin Short at the Toledo Zoo!

featuring The Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko
Friday, May 25
8:00 P.M.


Longtime comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short will play a one-night only show, “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Lives”, featuring the Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko”, includes stand-up, film clips, musical numbers and conversations about their lives in show business. Martin and Short will also be joined by the Grammy-winning Steep Canyon Rangers, the bluegrass band with which Martin frequently performs.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 8. At that time, tickets may be purchased online through Live NationTicketmaster or at the Toledo Zoo Box Office, open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Each ticket purchased in person through the Zoo’s Box Office is subject to a nominal handling fee. 


Senior Discovery Days presented by Welltower at the Toledo Zoo!

Tuesdays in September and October, seniors can enjoy free admission for those over 60 with special programming at the Toledo Zoo!

For the first event on September 5th, meet our Animal Behavior staff and participate in a hands-on class to create enrichment for our animals, and then gather to watch them enjoy interacting with their new treats.

To learn more and register for events like the above, click here.

Behind-the-Scenes Encounter!

As the largest species of octopus in the world, these incredibly intelligent creatures have been known to open jars and solve mazes in captivity. They are masters of camouflage and can change their skin color and texture in order to better match their surroundings. While not considered to be endangered, they are susceptible to environmental conditions, including high pollution levels in the water.

Watch as we visit with the Zoo’s giant cephalopod!

To schedule an up-close meeting with the Zoo’s giant Pacific octopus, please visit the Toledo Zoo’s website.


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