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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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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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Teddy Bear Care Fair at the Toledo Zoo!

Bring your favorite stuffed pal and Zoo volunteers will make sure it’s fixed up and fit for another year of fun!

Enjoy keeper and vet talks, animal feeds and demonstrations, puppet shows, activities and more at Teddy Bear Care Fair – it’s stuffed with fun! Learn more here.

 

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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

 

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What’s Blooming at the Toledo Zoo?

‘Nikko’ is a dwarf cultivar growing 1-2 feet tall and spreading 2-5 feet wide, forming a graceful, spreading mound. White flowers cover the shrub in early spring for several days while the leaves turn an attractive deep burgundy in fall. This plant is easily grown in well-drained soil in full sun to part shade and can be found in the Gardens, Aquarium, Avian Breeding Center and Primate Forest landscapes.

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Empowering Conservation in Aruba

Did you know the Toledo Zoo has almost a 30-year history of studying wildlife and supporting conservation efforts on the island of Aruba?

A great deal has been accomplished in that period, performing crucial research and supporting island-wide conservation planning. However, perhaps the greatest contributions to date are the development of technical expertise on the island. In conservation terms, this is called ‘capacity building,’ the transfer of knowledge and critical skills to local residences so that they are better capable to participate in conservation work. Toledo Zoo staff and collaborating university partners have performed formal and informal training programs during field trips to Aruba. Above, Andy Odum, Curator of Herpetology, leads a local group in Aruba through one of these ‘capacity building’ sessions.

To learn more about the Toledo Zoo’s conservation initiatives, click here.

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Have you visited our hippos lately?

I want a hippopotamus for…well…you know!

Hippopotamus (hippopotamus amphibius) are iconic amphibious herbivores that can weigh between 3,000 and 9,900 pounds, depending on gender. Some simple research on these giant creatures turns up an astounding amount of interesting facts and statistics. Hippos are found in social pods of 10 – 30 animals throughout sub-Sahara Africa. These unique creatures are amphibious, spending most of the day in the water/mud to keep their skin moist and moving onto land at night to feed on grass. Interestingly though, because they spend their day in the water, with their size and density, hippos cannot swim or float! They can however, see, hear and breathe while most of their body is underwater, as their eyes, ears and nostrils are located on the top of their heads.

Adult hippos can hold their breath underwater for up to 30 minutes and can even sleep underwater, as they have a natural reflex that help push them to the surface for a breath without even waking up. Additionally, hippos have a very keen sense of smell and when threatened, can run up to 14 miles per hour on land!

Come check out the Zoo’s two resident hippos, Herbie and Emma, in their unique Hippoquarium home!

 

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