Still time for an Aus-some Zoo Outing before school starts
Savor the fun with a “walkabout” at the Toledo Zoo, where every day brings you a new Australia-themed experience.
It starts with animal feeds and enrichment demonstrations that change daily. From cassowaries to Great Barrier Reef fish, see your favorite animals chow down or interact with keepers and enrichment objects.
It’s fun for visitors to watch and meaningful for the animals, too. This is one way the Zoo encourages naturalistic behaviors and stimulates the animals’ senses. Animal feeds and enrichment demonstrations are free with regular Zoo admission and run through Monday, September 2, 2013.
In Nature’s Neighborhood, the award-winning children’s zoo, you’ll discover even more fun. The Play Stream is open for summer splashing, while in the air-conditioned indoors you’ll encounter animals in The Forest, an interactive green screen in Jumpin’ Junction and kids’ programs in The Workshop.
The Contact Yard gets you close to some groovy goats, and indoors, guinea pigs are waiting to greet you. Your family will love the daily live animal shows where you could meet a dingo, wallaby, kookaburra, or other amazing animal. These activities are free with regular Zoo admission.
Additional activities, offered at a separate fee, include: Behind-the-Scenes Tours that feature Australia Off the Beaten Path; the Polar Bear Cubs/Arctic Encounter®; Africa! (giraffe feed included); and Elephant Excellence. Continuing this year are family-favorite rides on the Safari Railway train, African Animal and historic carousels.
For a fun meal break, consider a Picnic on Safari, served at the Africa! Overlook and including an optional opportunity to feed one of the Zoo’s ostriches right from your hand.
It’s all part of a Wild Walkabout summer, presented by Mercy and running through Monday, September 2. Don’t miss Baru, the huge saltwater crocodile brought to Toledo by Block Communications, Inc. – at 17 feet long, the largest saltwater croc in North America -- or the walk-through wallaby exhibit, where you’ll come closer to these gentle marsupials than you’ve ever been before.
This summer, the Zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last admission) and is located on the Anthony Wayne Trail (US 25), four miles south of downtown Toledo. For more information, please visit toledozoo.org or call 419.385.4040. Lucas County residents are admitted free of charge on non-holiday Mondays from 10 a.m. to noon. ID showing proof of residency is required.