Toronto Zoo - Future Development

Future Development

Construction Projects:

  • North Zoo Redevelopment Project: (The animal listed in brackets may be getting new exhibits)
    • Phase One: Tundra Trek. (Polar bears, Arctic wolves, and reindeer get new exhibits, as well as the addition of snowy owls, snow geese and Arctic foxes.) Opened on August 1, 2009.
    • Phase Two: Eurasia (Snow leopards may be getting a new exhibit, and a new giant panda breeding centre will be opened.) Detailed design to be finished in 2011. Construction is now underway.
    • Phase Three: Mixed Wood/Boreal Forests (moose, wood bison, grizzly bears, Vancouver Island marmots) to begin in 2014/2015.
    • Phase Four: Tropical Americas (the conversion of the Americas Pavilion to Tropical Americas) to begin in 2017/2018.
  • The zoo will bring back the panda exhibit for 2013, under an agreement with China that will have two giant pandas at the Toronto Zoo for five years at a cost of $20 million.
  • Toronto Zoo is currently (Feb 2008) starting the initial design phases for an expanded elephant complex, including a large indoor space where the herd can be together and on display year-round, and an expanded outdoor paddock. To begin in 2015. There is going to be a feasibility study to determine whether it would be worth the money to expand the elephant habitat and quadruple the space of the current exhibit, according to an elephant keeper.
  • Giraffe House Refurbishment to begin in 2012.
  • Animal Health Centre to begin in 2014. Design has begun.
  • Education centre to begin in 2014/2015.
  • Orangutan Complex to begin in 2013/2014.

In 2011 the city started looking at the process of selling the zoo to a third party.

In 2012, on a trade mission to China, it was announced that the Toronto Zoo and the Calgary Zoo would be lent 2 pandas from China for the span of 10 years. The panda's would be in each zoo for equal amounts of time, the pandas, named Er Shun and Ji Li will arrive at the Toronto Zoo in spring 2013.

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