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PNC ZOOtoDO Presented by Skylight Financial is almost here!

Look into the “Eyes of the Wild” Friday, June 15, 2018

Reserve at: www.toledoozoo.org/zootodo

You’re invited to the PNC ZOOtoDO 2018 presented by Skylight Financial Group where you can look into the “Eyes of the Wild”!

Pair your best stripes and spots with your black tie and tennis shoes to Party with a Purpose in support of big cats and conservation on a purrfect summer night at the Toledo Zoo!

  • 50+ regional restaurants and caterers presenting their house specialties
  • Train rides around the Africa! exhibit during the preview party
  • Live entertainment on multiple stages throughout the night
  • Full service and specialty drink bars throughout Zoo grounds

ZOOtoDO 2018 Entertainment:
Main Stage: Fu5ion
Carnivore Stage: Bobby G. and the Third Street Cigar Blues Band
Africa! Preview Party: Dave Carpenter

ZOOtoDO is a rain or shine event. Tickets are non-refundable and must be purchased in advance. All guests must be at least 21 years of age with a valid ID to enter. Toledo Zoo reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone unable to provide proof of age.

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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.

 

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Toledo Zoo’s Medical Mutual Dart Frog Dash

LACE UP THOSE ATHLETIC SHOES & START TRAINING!

Join us Sat, May 20 for the Medical Mutual Dart Frog Dash! 

5K walk/ run at 8:30 a.m. Kids’ Fun Run at 9:45 a.m.

Want to run or walk but not feeling ready?  Here are some quick tips to get there in just six weeks!

  • Buddy up! Conditioning with a friend will keep you motivated and moving.
  • Get the right gear! Invest in a good pair of running shoes and a feel-good outfit. Visit Dave’s Running Shop for some expert advice!
  • Slow and steady is the way to go. Start out running 10 seconds, then walk the remainder of each minute. Work up to running for two minutes and walking for one until you can run the full distance.
  • Use a training schedule such as:
    • Week 1:  Tue- train 10 mins; Thu- 13 mins; Sat- one mile
    • Week 2:  Tue- train 16 mins; Thu- 19 mins; Sat- 2 miles
    • Week 3:  Tue- train 19 mins; Thu- 22 mins; Sat- 2.5 miles
    • Week 4:  Tue- train 22 mins; Thu- 25 mins; Sat- 3  miles
    • Week 5:  Tue- train 25 mins; Thu- 28 mins; Sat- 3.5 miles
    • Week 6:  Tue- train 20 mins; Thu- 30 mins: Sat – run your first 5k!

For more information or to register, visit toledozoo.org/dartfrog or call 419-385-5721, ext. 2091. 

Register by May 14 to be guaranteed an event t-shirt!  Or, register by May 1 and upgrade to a Nike Dri Fit tech tee for a small fee!

Registrants & their cheering sections who arrive on Zoo grounds prior to 10 a.m. can stay and enjoy a day at the Zoo at no additional charge.

Team Sponsorship opportunities available!

Title Sponsor:

Packet Pick-Up Sponsor:

Kids’ Fun Run Sponsor:

Media Sponsor:

Corporate Team Sponsor:

Supporting Corporate Team Sponsors: Root, Savage & Associates inc.,Toledo Public Schools, EY-Team Chris Mabrey, and University of Toledo Eberly Center.

 

 

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From the Brink of Extinction

As part of an international conservation initiative, Toledo Zoo recently sent 600 captive-reared Kihansi spray toads to Tanzania to be released into their native habitat.

 The Kihansi spray toad (KST) is a tiny, goldenrod colored amphibian that is native only to the spray zone (where the falling water meets the rocks) of the waterfall in the Kihansi Gorge in Tanzania. With a complex past worthy of its own documentary, Kihansi spray toads went extinct in the wild between 2003 and 2004, as the developing country looked for ways to spread electricity to its people.

Since the beginning of our conservation efforts, the Toledo Zoo has helped to release 4,555 back into the wild, in hopes of recreating a self-sustaining population.

To learn more about Kihansi spray toads, please visit wildtoledo.org.

 

 

 

 

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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!

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Sponsor an animal at the Toledo Zoo

Are you passionate about animals and contributing to supporting a healthy environment for them at the Toledo Zoo?

Become a Zoo Pal! One of the newest members of our Zoo family, Kipenzi, our female giraffe, is a great option or choose your favorite animal. With the holidays coming up, it’s also a perfect gift for the animal lover in your life.

Your charitable gift will keep on giving throughout the year, too, as your recipient can keep up on the progress of their new friend via email updates, Zoo visits and Zoo Friends’ Night! Your one-of-a-kind gift helps in the care and feeding of these animals.

Learn more here.

 

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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.

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Give the gift of an animal sponsorship at the Toledo Zoo

Help your children, grandchildren or adult friends and relatives experience the joy of making a difference for endangered animals from around the world. 

Register that special person to become a Zoo Pal! One of the newest members of our Toledo Zoo family, Dariga, a female snow leopard cub, is a great option or choose your favorite animal. With the holidays coming up, this is the perfect gift for the animal lover in your life.

Your charitable gift will keep on giving throughout the year, too, as your recipient can keep up on the progress of their new friend via email updates, Zoo visits and Zoo Friends’ Night! Your one-of-a-kind gift helps in the care and enrichment for these animals.

Learn more at toledozoo.org/zoo-pal.

 

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