Toledo Zoo Mission and Accreditations
Our mission: Inspiring others to join us in caring for animals and conserving the natural world.
As our mission statement indicates, the Toledo Zoo is committed to providing excellent care for our animals, as well as conserving the natural world. We are implementing multiple green practices in our operations, and several members of our staff are highly involved with conservation efforts, both local and international. We are working to preserve endangered and threatened species from butterflies and birds to toads and elephants. Fully accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), The Toledo Zoo is involved with breeding animals through the Species Survival Program that is helping to ensure a future for some truly amazing species.
K S Faccio
One of the best zoos! I stayed here with my nephews Cub Scout troop. We slept in the aquarium. The staff was knowledgeable and patient. The kids loved the experience. I highly recommend this as a trip with kids out without. The zoo has maintained a historical perspective so you not only get to see the animals, which appear well taken care of, you get a feel for the history through the buildings that have been refurbished and maintained.
My 4-star rating come from the fact that this zoo has little shade and no misting stations to keep people cool. Otherwise it's a great family day trip. The polar bears exhibit is air conditioned. Lots of different activities - make sure to bring a swim swim for the splash pad and the river. You can bring coolers so pack your lunch to save money. Food is expensive. There's a train and 2 carousels, those old wax model souvenir stations, animals from Arctic and Africa, an aquarium, playground for kids and several places to touch animals. Pack hats and sunscreen and enjoy a fun day. Big thumbs up to the Toledo Zoo for having LOTS of restrooms!!
They have many things to explore and do. It was really hot outside so a lot of the animals were hiding in the distance under any shade they could find. I wish I was able to see them more up close. I did the adventure course which was AMAZING! I suggest doing that if u go there just for the experience.
Really a fantastic little zoo for what it is. It does not compare to Columbus or Chicago - but it doesn't try to. It's clean, well staffed, innovative, child friendly, and even the food is reasonable for zoo-fare. The new aquarium is great. The splash pad and kids zoo are great additions. Animals look content and we'll treated. I don't live in the area but still come at least once a year [I love zoos] keep it up Toledo you're doing a good job.
We went here while visiting family. I was impressed by the overall cleanliness! The staff was polite. Some of their animals were rescues that can't be safely released back into the wild. Some were not. I was least impressed with the polar bear habitat. Seemed a little clustered and maybe too much direct sunlight. The polar bear paced back and forth so many times that it just seemed off. Hopefully I'm wrong. It really was a great place to visit though, and I would go back again. Love the handimals activity. My son's hand was transformed into a tiger and mine into a giraffe. Such a sweet way to remember the trip!