2014 marks the 40th-year the Toronto Zoo has been saving and protecting species. The more than 5,000 animals representing over 450 species that call this zoo home probably have no idea they're citizens of Canada's most populous metropolis. Sprawling across 710 acres, their award-winning exhibits accurately recreate habitats from seven geographical zones, including Africa, Australasia, and the tundra.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: All ages
Pro Tip: If you're visiting Monday?Friday between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., you will need to get a temporary parking pass.
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Public Gardens
As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?
Humber Arboretum staff work very closely with Humber College's Public Security to ensure that your visit is as enjoyable as possible. If anything unexpected happens, notify staff members located at the Centre for Urban Ecology, and we will work as quickly as possible to help you out in any way we can.
What?s your favorite part of your job?
My favourite part of my job is interacting with the children that visit the Humber Arboretum for outdoor education, nature camp, or just to explore this amazing urban green space.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
One thing that makes the Humber Arboretum so unique is the fact that it has 5 different ecosytems within a 10-minute walk from the Centre for Urban Ecology (Toronto's first LEED Gold certified building) located in the public garden area. Whether it's the forest, ponds, river, meadow, or our newly constructed wetlands, the 6 kilometers of hiking trails throughout the Humber Arboretum will lead you through many different natural areas for you to explore.
Pawsitively Pets For Kids fosters bonds between critters and kids with programs and camps designed to teach children to care for a variety of animals. Tortoises, chinchillas, snakes, and other exotic animals have all crawled, slithered, and hopped their way into Pawsitively Pets? wide-ranging curriculum, along with more traditional domestic beasts, such as hamsters, kittens, and guinea pigs. During camps or classes held after school and on the weekends, Pawsitively Pets also uses kids? enthusiasm for animal interactions to fuel projects and cooperative group activities, helping foster kids? inner creativity and teamwork skills.
At Puck’s Farm, visitors can bond with 180 acres of the natural environment by learning about harvest-time chores and activities or scheduling weddings and events year-round on the open grounds. Guests of the farm can meet its animal residents, including emus, llamas, and a farm cat, which is much friendlier than a farm puma. For an even more interactive experience with fauna, Puck’s offers pony rides and the opportunity to milk cows and churn butter. Wooded trails traverse the expanse and present one of the many places on the farm where guests can delight in the changing of the seasons. Fall, for example, offers a variety of seasonal activities: visitors can get lost in corn mazes, pick ripened pumpkins, ride in horse-drawn wagons, and stroll through trails speckled with changing leaves. Autumn months also see pigs and goats building their nests for the winter ahead. An onsite snack bar serving hot dogs, hamburgers, and french fries enables guests to refuel for full days of farm activities.
Spanning 25,000 square feet of living quarters for coldblooded creatures, Reptilia houses more than 200 venomous and nonvenomous reptiles and amphibians. Experienced keepers and handlers educate zoo-goers on the critters that make up the more than 50 exhibits, including star attractions such as a 14-foot king cobra, a red-footed tortoise, and Induna?a 14-foot Nile crocodile weighing more than 1,200 pounds. Besides expounding on animals? eating habits during four live feedings each day, the staff also demonstrates the reptiles? instinctive behaviors during live shows in an on-site theatre. Furthering its commitment to reptilian education, the zoo helps visitors overcome their irrational fears of snakes, spiders, and terrarium glass in a four-week course dedicated to phobias, and camp counselors guide Reptilia campers through science experiments, arts and crafts, and ecologically focused zoo tours.
Little Ray's Reptile Zoo is a grand hotel for cold-blooded critters overseen by animal enthusiasts Paul "Little Ray" Goulet and his wife Sheri Goulet. At their new location in Hamilton, they host one of the largest sanctuaries in Ontario for unwanted reptiles. Meanwhile, the renovated Ottawa location features 25 permanent exhibits, a nature centre, and a hands-on room. Born from the joy Little Ray experienced sharing his personal collection of reptiles with school children, the zoo now encompasses a variety of exhibits and daily feeding demonstrations showcasing more than 150 animals.?
The expert staff?which has trained keepers at other animal facilities on proper husbandry and correct presentation?safely introduces visitors to the animals which include giant snakes, tarantulas, and more. The zoo is open daily for corporate groups, birthday parties, and everyday animal lovers to tour the reptile environs and educational displays. The reptile zoo hosts large private-party and function rooms and a jungle spa where pythons receive hydrating wraps to combat scaly skin.