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NEW Young Professionals group at the Toledo Zoo

The Toledo Zoo is proud to have introduced YPAC (Young Professionals for Animals and Conservation) in 2016!

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 will not only provide social and business network opportunities, but will also incorporate volunteer opportunities to give back to both the Zoo and our community.

For more information on memberships and upcoming events, click here.

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

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Big cats at the Toledo Zoo

Who isn’t fascinated by Amur tigers (Panthera tigris ssp. altaica), also known as Siberian tigers?  They can grow to an average of 10 feet in length and weigh between 390 and 660 pounds. Each individual animal has a unique set of stripes that provides crucial camouflage.

In the 1940s, these beautiful striped predators were hunted to the very brink of extinction. While the species has made a significant recovery, Amur tigers are still listed on the IUCN Red List as endangered with a wild population of only about 400 animals. Those that remain in the wild are now only found in a remote temperate forest section of Far East Russia, even though they have the largest home range of all tiger sub species.

Amur tigers are nocturnal hunters that prey on elk and boar, however, in their native range prey is becoming increasingly scarce. Other threats facing Amur tigers today are poaching for illegal wildlife trade and habitat loss due to poaching. You can see two of these majestic creatures on exhibit in Tiger Terrace at the Toledo Zoo.

 

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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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What’s blooming at the Toledo Zoo?

Butterfly Weed or Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly weed is a native perennial that blooms bright orange flowers June to August.  It can grow one – two feet tall and wide, likes full sun and can tolerate dry conditions.  As a species of milkweed, it is a nectar source for many butterflies and the leaves are a food source for monarch butterfly larvae.  You can find butterfly weed growing at the Toledo Zoo in the Broadway Pavilion, Aviary and in the Wild Toledo prairies. To read more about what’s blooming at the Zoo, click here.

 

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Have you ever heard of a Capercaille?

This bird is non-migratory, makes a thundering noise when taking flight and its wings produce a whistling sound when flying. What is it? The Western Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus).

Capercaillies are largest member of the grouse family with the male being twice the size of the female. Males average nine pounds and a wingspan of 35-49 inches and striking markings, while the female is only about four pounds and much plainer with brown feathers and silver barring. Interestingly, both sexes have feathered legs to help insulate from the cold. Capercaillies are found in shady forests with dense, damp undergrowth across Europe and Russia. They eat berries, shoots, stems and pine needles.

A breeding pair of capercaillies are on exhibit outdoors at the Toledo Zoo between the vultures and Great Apes.

 

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Join the Toledo Zoo for the wildest dance party of the summer!

Come out for Yark Subaru Rock N Roar on Friday, July 28! 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 African 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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