Metro Toronto Zoo

Metro Toronto Zoo

      zoological park in West Hill, Ontario, Can., which ranks as one of the largest zoos in the world. This 287-hectare (710-acre) park was opened in 1974 by the municipality of Toronto and the Metropolitan Toronto Zoological Society. It replaced the overcrowded and outdated municipal Toronto Zoo at Riverdale.

      The Metro Toronto Zoo has a fine collection comprising about 3,800 specimens representing nearly 450 species. Its exhibits are arranged zoogeographically so that all the animals native to a particular continent are grouped together. Each area has a pavilion for displaying the smaller specimens and for housing those that cannot tolerate the cold Canadian climate. Plants indigenous to the areas represented are used in the pavilions to create the appropriate natural setting. Half of the African pavilion, for example, is designed to simulate a jungle habitat and houses gorillas and bongo antelope, while the other half holds swamplands for such animals as pygmy hippopotamuses and sitatunga antelope. Outdoors, the 20-hectare (50-acre) reproduction of the savannah is home for a mixed group of zebras, white rhinoceroses, and various other species of large mammals and birds. The “Canadian Animal Domain” is another of the larger exhibits, covering 166 hectares (410 acres). Visitors may ride a train through this section of the zoo to observe the large mammals displayed there.

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