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.
Size: one of the largest zoos in the world with 5 indoor pavilions and 10 kilometers of walking trails that take visitors past the homes of over 450 species
Eye Catchers: Masai giraffe calf, baby gorilla, lemurs, polar bear cub, African lions, and Canada's only giant pandas Er Shun and Da Mao
What to See Undersea: the Great Barrier Reef exhibit, filled with moon jellies, seahorses, and many striking fish