Spring Toad Festival and World Turtle Week

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Our annual Spring Toad Festival took place at the Toronto Zoo on May 4th and May 5th. And what a great event it was! Visitors celebrated the arrival of spring by experiencing the sights and sounds of amorous male toads in search of that special someone!

 This annual wetland festival is scheduled around the explosive breeding ritual of American toads at our very own Americas Wetlands Outdoor Exhibit. The event encouraged people to take pride in local wildlife and get involved in amphibian conservation.

 Be sure to catch our next big event: World Turtle Week happening at the Zoo from May 18th to 23rd. Staring the same weekend as the opening for the new Giant Panda exhibit! You won’t want to miss all the festivities!

 World Turtle Week celebrates the diversity of turtles from around the world. World Turtle Day, held on May 23rd, brings together the connections of biodiversity and cultural diversity for a unique Toronto Zoo event. Join the Adopt-A-Pond Wetland Conservation Programme in celebrating the diversity of culture and mythology associated with turtles; learn how conservationists are helping to save turtles globally and how you can protect these amazing animals here in Ontario.

 There will be a whole week of family friendly activities at the America’s Wetland Outdoor Exhibit, including turtle themed games, “Bobbers” the Blanding’s turtle mascot and some giant inflatable turtles. But join us early for face painting and a turtle bouncy castle on the weekend of May 18th and 19th!

 Our pavilions are also getting in on the turtle action with informative touch-tables and turtle sculptures created by local schools. The sculptures demonstrate the cultural and conservation significance of turtles and have been created by elementary children throughout the GTA. Be sure to visit all of our pavilions to share their unique view on turtles around the world.

 We look forward to seeing everyone during World Turtle Week!