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Whose Birthday Is It?

Saturday, June 3rd

The Toledo Zoo celebrates the sixth birthday of our big boy

Lucas the African elephant!

You are invited to bring the whole family and join in the pachyderm party fun! No need to worry about bringing a gift, the elephant keepers and our ZOOTeen volunteers have created special enrichment presents for the birthday boy to enjoy! And our award-winning catering department is making a yummy, elephantastic birthday treat with all of Lucas’s favorite fruits and veggies! This event is FREE with Zoo admission.

To learn more of the details and times please visit toledozoo.org/lucas

 

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What’s Blooming at the Toledo Zoo

Rock Cress is a perfect first plant for the novice gardener, as it is cold hardy, drought tolerant, easy to maintain and, of course, pretty. This semi-evergreen perennial plant which produces brightly colored flowers in spring is suitable for a ground cover, rock garden or dangling down a wall or hill side.

Check out this perfect perennial in the landscape of the Arctic Encounter.

 

 

 

 

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Just How Do You Move a 450lb Tortoise?

Meet Emerson!

There is evidence that Galapagos tortoises can live up to 200 years in the wild. They have no native predators, are on a lean diet and get plenty of exercise. It is perfectly reasonable that you may encounter a tortoise on the islands that was seen by Charles Darwin. The Zoo’s very own Galapagos tortoise, Emerson, is believed to be over 100 years old.

Emerson has moved back into his summer home right next to Gorilla Meadows!

Watch as we move him!

You can visit Emerson at the Toledo Zoo!

 

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Wine Tastings at the Toledo Zoo

Wine-down from your day with a wine tasting on the wild side at the Toledo Zoo!

Enjoy our dynamic exhibits and animals while sipping wines from around the globe. Make your reservations now for the next installment of the Zoo’s 2017 wine tasting series on Friday, May 19, from 7 – 9 p.m. in The Lodge at the Toledo Zoo.

Additional dates in the 2017 Wine Tasting Series: Friday, June 23- Malawi Event Center (formerly Nairobi Pavilion)

Each event also includes professionally paired hors d’oeuvres and live music. The Zoo’s Wine Tasting Series not only makes for great date nights, but also for unique after-hours office gatherings and guys’ or girls’ nights out!

Reserve your space by visiting toledozoo.org/wine or calling 419-385-5721, ext. 6001. Tickets must be purchased in advance and reservations are required. Tickets start at $45 for Zoo members and $50 for non-members. Guests must be 21 or over with valid ID to attend.

 

 

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A Bird’s Eye View of Africa!

Expedition Africa! Aerial Adventure Course presented by Mercy Health

Calling all thrill-seekers to Expedition Africa! Aerial Adventure Course presented by Mercy Health! Come out and get up there- the view of the Africa! exhibit and all the animals that call it home can only be described as incomparable!

For ticketing information, please visit the Toledo Zoo.

 

 

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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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