Toledo Zoo

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.

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Are Your Kids Ready For an Adventure?

Toledo Zoo Summer Camp

Join in on the adventure and discover the habitats where some of the Zoo’s fantastic beasts are found. Or discover what it would be like to be a zookeeper? Your kids will have a great time this summer learning about animals, conservation, and so much more at the Toledo Zoo’s Summer Camp programs.

Here’s a video of just one of the camps focusing on local conservation:



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.

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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.

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.

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What’s Blooming at the Toledo Zoo?

Peony or Paeonia

This herbaceous perennial is a shrubby plant that will grow to approximately 3 feet tall by mid-spring, bloom, display attractive foliage throughout the summer and then die to the ground after frost. Peonies come in many flower colors and provide fragrant, large blooms that are good for cut flowers and attracting butterflies. This plant requires full sun to part shade to grow best. It is believed that peonies produce small amounts of nectar and other ant attractants to encourage ants to help open the flower buds. Peonies can be found throughout the Zoo’s Gardens.

Visit the Zoo’s horticulture page to learn more!

Take a stroll to our Africa! exhibit

Abracadabra? No, Addra gazelle (Nanger dama ruficollis).

This striking gazelle is native to the Sahara Desert in Africa where it moves seasonally to find food: the scrub land in the dry season and the desert in the wet season. They are able to stand on their hind legs, while bracing against a tree to eat acacia leaves out of the reach of other gazelles. They also graze on grasses and are able to ingest most of the water they need to survive from their plant diet.

Addra gazelles live in small mixed herds and rely on their speed, camouflage (brown on the top and white underneath) and the herd to survive being preyed upon by big cats and hyenas. Addra gazelles are listed as critically endangered due to poaching, over-hunting and habitat destruction. It is thought there are less than 400 left in the wild. A pair of Addra gazelles call the Zoo’s multi-species Africa! exhibit home. Pay them a visit when the weather warms up!

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!


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