Why an Interview,,,

Over the years we have been able to meet and talk with some very interesting people. They have shared with us their knowledge and have provided us with a great deal of insight as to how and why festivals and events work and why they are so important to our communities and to the Province of Ontario. With this in mind, we decided that we wanted you to meet and hear from some of the wonderful people who work so hard to provide us all with such wonderful Ontario Festivals and Events! We are pleased and proud to present "THE INSIDE SCOOP"!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Excitment Year Round ~ Experiences Waiting for you! ~ Stay Safe!

This series of Blog articles comes from our recent “Behind the Scenes Tour of the Toronto Zoo” with Katie Gray, Public Relations Supervisor. Ontario Visited toured with Festival Nomad Correspondent’s Carol Law (Volunteeerscan.ca ~ Volunteer systems Consultant) and Ron Clifford (www.ronclifford.com ~ Professional Photographer). With extra our extra correspondent and photographer, we were able to focus on the generous amount of information being provided by the Toronto Zoo staff for this wonderful opportunity. We would like to share our insight, knowledge and experiences with you. Hope you enjoy the series!

Year Round Experience!
While many visitors to the Toronto Zoo travel during the hot summer months, you may be surprised to learn the Zoo is open YEAR ROUND! The fall splendor we experienced a few weeks ago during October was a completely different experience then what we observed in the summer. Thanksgiving weekend, in particular, we were told had vibrant colours, happy animals. (Our Ontario Visited Toronto Zoo Fall Tour article will tell and show you more).
The Toronto Zoo encourages patrons and visitors alike to become Zoo members. By doing so, you receive mailings, magazines, special offers and opportunities to tour the Zoo on special occasions, prior to it being open to the public. There are also engaging opportunities for exclusive viewings. You even get to avoid long line ups at new viewings, close up and person, a great chance to experience and to absorb all that surrounds you.

Safety at the Zoo …

In talking with Katie, we wondered about the safety of travelling through the Toronto Zoo during these less travelled time, particularly near the perimeters of the Zoo grounds. Katie assured us that there is 24-hour security on site at all times. The Zoo is a great place to teach kids respect for their natural environment and for animals, both the exotic animals in exhibits, but also the wildlife that surrounds the guests during their visit, such as the Canadian geese, the squirrels and you may even catch a glimpse of a deer.  Part of maintaining safety for Zoo visitors and staff is ensuring guests do not approach or feed animals, unless there is a Zoo staff person who is facilitating an animal interaction, which does happen with frequent onsite animal visits throughout the site! Just be as friendly and cautious and respective as you would wish folks coming to your home.
Stay tuned for more exciting insight from the Toronto Zoo Behind the Scenes Tour ~ New Campaigns and Initiatives Coming Soon … Treatment at the Zoo and the Surgical Suite … In the meantime, don’t forget to check out the Toronto Zoo website where you can view ongoing amazing “in-the-moment” videos and so much more at www.torontozoo.com. Enjoy!

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