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Re-Opening June 11, 2021!

Good news everyone!!

We will be open starting this Friday, June 11 , from 10-5pm daily, weather permitting.

We ask that you please wear a mask through the entrance line up, maintain social distance with others and carry personal hand sanitizers.

If you plan to picnic, bring your own wipes to sanitize your tables, and please dispose of all garbage and PPE into garbage cans located throughout the zoo.
The zoo runs at under 20% capacity when the lot is full and is busiest at 10 am-11:30.


We encourage you to purchase day passes and season passes including popcorn in advance here to reduce line-ups. You may also purchase your tickets at the zoo.

Our 2021 Season

Another COVID-19 year and another year of having two openings. We opened Good Friday, for one day, when the plug was pulled. I don’t know about you, but we’re suffering COVID-19 burnout! Now we’re getting ready for the second opening, whenever that will be. The important thing is that all of the animals are well, and waiting for you to be allowed back.

We’ve made a few changes for this year.

The number one being that you are able to purchase both seasonal and day passes online. This means that should you but your pass online, you won’t have to line up and fill out forms, pay, etc. We encourage you to take advantage of the new system.

We have a couple of new species this year! A trio of Dromedary Camels and a pair of beautiful Manchurian Cranes!

The baby makers have been busy. Goats , lambs, mountain goats, A ton of kangaroo Joeys and of course the lemurs. We have one little lemur on the bottle. He was his mother’s first and she didn’t bond with him.

In danger of losing him we sent him to Ava, Tia, Kim and Joe’s, dedicated folk who just work so hard to make sure each little lemur thrives.

Frodo, is a cute little guy who is just at the point where he’s learning to leap and maintain some sort of balance while doing so!

I can’t deny the pleasure I get from being a prop for the little fella. This is how we find joy everyday in our little zoo. I can’t wait for you to meet him.

We hand raised a few sheep this year. Frick and Frack, are weaned now, but will make you feel very welcome.

Theodore is still on the bottle and seems more like a dog than a lamb.

We planted 35 large young trees last autumn.

They have all made it through the winter and look forward to offering you shade this summer.

It’s not just the animals that make the zoo so nice. We’ll have had a lot of time on our hands waiting to open. We try not to waste too much of it. Pen, fencing and shelter improvements have been progressing well.

Monkey Mike’s will be open for the season with some great new menu items! Find out what fabulous taste likes. There are even veggie options.

I’ve saved all of the sad, COVID related things for the end. Be well, be safe and see you soon!

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

If you aren’t feeling well, please stay home.

Keep your group socially distanced 2 metres from others.

Bring your own sanitizer and wipes in case you use the toilets, tables, etc. that have been touched by others.

We still provide hand sanitizer at the entrances.

Due to potential transfer of COVID-19 , the health department asks that you don’t feed the animals from your hand and to toss popcorn to them.

The lemurs are not to be fed at all. We worry about COVID-19 moving from species to species.

We have no chick petting pen, again, this year.

There are no groups or birthday parties allowed at the zoo again. If the government changes policy we’ll let you know.

We are OPENING!

Welcome to our second opening of 2020.

There are some very important rules that must be understood.

If you are feeling ill or are having any COVID-19 symptoms, have been
out of the country in the last 2 weeks, or have been ordered to self isolate due to probable exposure to the virus, STAY HOME.

Keep a social distance of at least 2m.,or 6 feet from other families.

Respect people’s boundaries; its a scary time for all of us.

Changes to the zoo for this season.

  1. Bring your own hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.
  1. Nothing is to be dropped on the ground. Place all used waste in the
    trash containers. Contamination of waste is a very real hazard!
  2. Popcorn is being sold in paper bags this year to avoid the potential
    for cross contamination through reusable buckets. Everyone is welcome to bring their own bucket from home.
  3. The chick petting area has been removed for the season to avoid
    congested areas.
  4. The corn dispensing machines have been removed for the season.
  5. The lemurs are not to be touched or fed for now. We know that the
    virus has crossed to dogs and cats, we don’t want to take a chance with the lemurs.
  6. We have installed an extra entrance to avoid congestion. New pass holders and day passes to the left. Pass renewals and current pass holders to the right.
  7. Be kind and be patient. It is going to take us a while to get used to
    the new protocols.
  8. Use this seasons pass link on the website to fill out your passes and
    avoid necessary contact. You will require a printer.
  9. Try to use tap for payment if possible.

We are quite excited to be opening up, again. and seeing you all again. We haven’t been resting on our laurels these last 3 months, lots of work
was done. Changing things to make them safer was our priority. Some of them are great, like the 2nd entrance and an exit only area. The painting of the buildings and shelters has the place looking pretty darn good!

We had to make some tough decisions too, like removing the chicks for
the season and ending feeding the lemurs , for now.

Some Baby Updates!!!

We’re hoping to have not 1 , but 3 baby camels for the upcoming season – they should be arriving in about 2 weeks!

We have a bottle raised kangaroo, Ruby, that had been tossed from her
mother’s pouch, and mothered by a young human. She is just getting furry now and will be expected in the zoo in early July.

We also have a baby lemur coming back. One of our new mothers delivered
a baby and didn’t know what to do with her. Human intervention saved disaster and now a lovely little girl will grace our season!

We have the usual other babies. Lambs, goats and a cow were all born at
the end of March.

This years lambs are the prettiest ever!

I look forward to having you all back as we begin this very different
season together.

Alan

PS I would like to especially thank the folks who showed amazing
kindness, offering everything from money to fresh vegetables.

Your kindness is humbling. We have the best of the best!

Thank you for an AMAZING Season!

What a fantastic spring and summer we had! They were filled with really nice people, having a good time, just enjoying the animals.

We had a bunch of new animals to enjoy. We added kangaroos, zebra, ruffed lemurs, a coati and even a capybara. (No, she isn’t one of the ones that escaped in Toronto last summer.) The Last 3 came to us from and outreach sanctuary and were all hand raised. The ruffed lemurs are able to come out of their enclosure and interact with our guests. We just put a Dachshund halter on them, add a leash and let them mix it up with the people. It seemed a little odd to us that 2 lemurs from Madagascar would share an enclosure with a coati from central America, but their owner referred to them as the 3 Musketeers and they love it all together! The capybara, Velcro, was also hand raised but with kangaroos. She is a real cuddle monster. Come see these guys soon before it gets too cold for them to be outdoors.

Brad, from Animals on the Go, who operates the pony rides, has added a nice more permanent, ride area. The set up was fairly temporary this spring while he assessed the viability of them, but the children loved them and the new ring was set up. Rides will be operating nice weekend days until the end of the Thanksgiving weekend. Now that fall is here our hours of operation have changed. We are 10-5 on weekends until October, when we fall back to 10-4. During the week we will be 10-2 right up until Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Day will be our last day of the season.

We are also offering a great deal on 2017- 2018 season passes. Just add $2 per person to our regular season pass rates and come for the rest of this season and all of the next.

When my sister and I set up the zoo in 1993, we dreamed of a place where people came to have fun. Where children laughed and interacted with the animals. Where folks met for play dates, had birthday parties and felt like the Oshawa Zoo was home away from home. We are a lot older now but, thanks to you, our dream has come true. I would like to take this time to thank each and every one of you for coming out and just enjoying it. As we head into our 25th season we vow to keep on making things better for you and the animals.

See you soon!

 

 

 

 

What’s New for Spring & Summer 2017!

Well it hasn’t exactly been the driest spring and summer so far, but that hasn’t exactly stopped exciting new things from happening at our little zoo. Besides the normal abundance of lambs, kids, chick and ducklings, we have had some nice new surprises.

The main one was a baby lemur!
She was born in front of an audience just inches from the fencing. We were surprised it was just a single baby, as lemurs generally have twins. As she’s growing, she is starting to venture away from her Mom and explore on her own. I don’t think that there is anything as beautiful. Come often and watch her grow!

The baby bottle feeding is a little different this year too, with the addition of Lily the fallow deer fawn and Dash the mara, replacing winter bottle babies Laura the cow and her little lamb friend as they were weaned.

Two new exhibits came into the zoo this year.
One involves a horse of a different stripe, so to speak. Ace is a Grant’s Zebra here for the summer. He came to us via his new owner, Kim, who rescued him from a nasty exotic animal sale. He is a hand raised male and hasn’t really had much of a chance to socialize with other animals and especially people. Kim wanted him to enjoy himself and meet your kids and learn to take it easy. So toss some feed through the fence and get to know this pretty little guy face to face!

All though many of you hadn’t realized it, Ace’s new pen had been home to 3 grey kangaroos. The reason you didn’t know they were here is – that they hid in the tall grass. They are now located right across from the pony rides in a beautifully treed enclosure. At least 1 of the girls has a baby and hopefully, it will begin popping its head out before summer’s end!

Speaking of popping out… the little pot bellied pigs are coming out of their enclosures to mingle with the guests. The little guys just keep getting tamer the more they trust us.

Now that things are drying up, come and join us! See what’s new at the zoo, have a nice lunch at the BBQ and enjoy a pony ride!

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