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What’s blooming at the Toledo Zoo?

False Spiraea or Sorbaria sorbifolia 

False Spiraea is a suckering deciduous shrub that typically grows five – eight feet tall and wide and likes full to partial sun.  White flower plumes cover the shrub in the summer and attract several types of pollinators.  The foliage is deep green with an interesting texture and will provide good fall color.  You can find this shrub in the Aquarium Adventure Trail, Tembo Trail and Flamingo Key.

To read more about what’s blooming at the Toledo Zoo, click here

 

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Lights Before Christmas presented by KeyBank

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

There’s still time to join the Toledo Zoo for the 2017 edition of the holiday tradition, Lights Before Christmas presented by KeyBank. Past favorites are back again this year like the Ice Slide and Bumper Cars on Ice in the Winter Village presented by Kroger, with new attractions to enjoy including the Northern Dancing Lights display presented by St. Luke’s Hospital and Scenes of Wonder, a 3-D holiday scene set to music and projected on the side of the Carnivore Cafe. Stop in the Aquarium to see Santa Claus dive in the 90,000 gallon reef tank at 3:15 and 4:15 daily. Join us!

To learn more and buy tickets, please visit toledozoo.org/lights.

 

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Join us for Enrichment Day this week on Saturday, 9/23 at the Toledo Zoo

Enrichment is activity and opportunities for Toledo Zoo animals that encourage natural behaviors.

For example, having the opportunity to forage for food tucked into a toy promotes behavior that would be similar to animals in the wild, versus simply placing the food in front of the animal at meal times. Simply put, enrichment is a large part of the animal version of a wellness program.

On Saturday, September 23, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., the Zoo offers Enrichment Day: Play the Animal Way for visitors to see these efforts and more in action!

All activities are included with Zoo admission. The full schedule of Enrichment Day: Play the Animal Way activities is available here.

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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. 

 

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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 https://www.toledozoo.org/yoga.

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Toledo Zoo Party for the Planet

Join the Toledo Zoo in celebrating Mother Earth and exemplifying our mission of inspiring others to join us in caring for animals and conserving the natural world during Party for the Planet, supported by MetroPCS and Toledo Waterways Initiative along with media sponsor Buckeye Broadband, on Saturday, April 22.

Drop off your recyclable goods – including hard-to-recycle items– between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the Zoo’s Anthony Wayne Trail parking lot. Admission/parking charges do not apply to this special recycling project, which is made possible through partnerships with: Goodwill, AIM Ecycling, LLC., GoGreen Ohio, KTLCB/Lucas County Waste Management, Gateway Recycling and Waste Reduction, Inc., and TerraCycle.

As well as dropping off your recyclables, the Zoo is the perfect place to spend a great green day with your family! Get tips on how to be more ecofriendly through displays from local “green” organizations, enjoy earth-friendly activities in the award-winning Nature’s Neighborhood and witness animal feeding demonstrations all across the Zoo. These demonstrations are more than just fun to watch; they also serve to remind us that animals all across the world are relying on humans to take care of the land, water and air we all call home. Additionally, six local schools will have miniature gardens with recycled materials incorporated into their designs on display in the Great Hall of the Museum of Science both Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23. All of the green activities are included free with Zoo admission.

For more information and a full list of recyclable items, please visit www.toledozoo.org/party-for-the-planet.

 

 

 

 

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What’s blooming at the Toledo Zoo

Coneflower or Echinacea

Coneflower has become a very popular native perennial with all the new available cultivars in an array of colors, including white, yellow, purple, pink and orange.  It blooms all summer long, is low maintenance, can handle dry conditions and attracts pollinators!  Coneflower can be seen in many of the garden areas and Wild Toledo prairies at the Zoo.

To read more about what’s blooming at the Zoo, click here.

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Lights Before Christmas presented by KeyBank

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Join the Toledo Zoo for the 2017 edition of the holiday tradition, Lights Before Christmas presented by KeyBank. Join us for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, 11/17 and enjoy additional activities like the Ice Slide and Bumper Cars On Ice in the Winter Village presented by Kroger and the Northern Dancing Lights display presented by St. Luke’s Hospital.

To learn more and buy tickets, please click here.

 

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Join Young Professionals for Animals and Conservation at the Toledo Zoo

The Toledo Zoo is honored to provide our community with one-of-a-kind animal experiences, natural science education and conservation initiatives. In that same spirit, the Toledo Zoo is proud to introduce Young Professionals for Animals and Conservation (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. YPAC not only provides social and business network opportunities, but also incorporates volunteer opportunities to give back to both the Zoo and our community.

Through 12/31/17, join or renew your YPAC membership to receive an additional $5 off a behind-the-scenes tour at the Zoo through 3/31/18! To learn more and sign up for a YPAC membership, click here.

 

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