Toledo Zoo

What’s blooming at the Toledo Zoo

Narrow Leaf Ironweed or Vernonia lettermannii ‘Iron Butterfly’

Ironweed is native to the United States, has lovely fine textured foliage and is a compact, well-branched plant.  In late summer, it is covered in purple flowers that attract many pollinators.  It grows 2-3’ tall, likes full sun and can withstand periods of drought.  When visiting the Zoo you can find Ironweed growing in the Penguin Beach landscape.

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

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

A Species in Need

A Species in Need

by Toledo Zoo

In 1930, there were an estimated 1,000,000 breeding pairs of African Penguins.

By 1956, all but 14% of that original population had disappeared. In 1980, 7% was left. In 2007, 4% was left. In 2012, only 2% of the healthy breeding population of 1,000,000 pairs of African Penguins was left in the world. This trend currently shows no signs of reversing. Learn what your Toledo Zoo is doing to help.

You can support the Zoo’s efforts by adopting a penguin today!

Zip line over the animals at the Toledo Zoo!

Have you experienced the Aerial Adventure Course at the Toledo Zoo?

Come out to experience the 250 foot long sky bridge, 80 foot zip line over the Toledo Zoo’s African Savanna animals including watusi cattle, giraffes and zebras, and 80 foot flight line jump to the ground below! There is a level of adventure for all to enjoy!

To learn more and register for your adventure, 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.



Toledo Zoo Membership

A Toledo Zoo & Aquarium membership not only provides great benefits such as free admission and parking, it also directly benefits our community and efforts across the globe. 

When you enroll as a member, you are supporting our wildlife conservation initiatives in northwest Ohio, including native prairies and endangered butterfly research, and globally your funds help save endangered Tasmanian devils, Kihansi spray toads and more.  Join the Toledo Zoo & Aquarium and make a difference!  Visit





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