Learn About Our Animals

Your Zoo is home to more than 10,000 individual animals representing over 720 species. In an effort to save endangered wildlife we participate in more than 80 Species Survival Plans that ensure healthy, genetically diverse Zoo populations. Travel around the world from the tropics to Greenland, ocean to sky and desert to rainforest in one Zoo visit.

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The orange heart indicates which animals are available for Zoo PAL adoption!

The green leaf indicates conservation efforts available for donations!

The teal apple indicates an opportunity to contribute to animal diets and enrichment treats.


African Penguin

Caribbean Flamingo

Bald Eagle

Helmeted Guinea Fowl



Many-colored Fruit Dove


Pink-necked Fruit Dove

Rhinoceros Hornbill

Scaly-sided Merganser

Steller's Eider


Addra Gazelle

African Elephant

Allen's Swamp Monkey

Amur Tiger

Andean Bear

Bactrian Camel

Bornean Orangutan


Colobus Monkey

Grey Seal

Grizzly Bear

Harbor Seal


Indian Rhinoceros

Kodiak Bear

Linne's Two-Toed Sloth

Masai Giraffe


Mongoose Lemur

Naked Mole Rat

Polar Bear

Red Panda


Emperor Tamarin

Francois's Langur

Gray Wolf

Greater Kudu


Ring-Tailed Lemur

Snow Leopard

North American River Otter

Tasmanian devil

Watusi Cattle

Western Lowland Gorilla

White-Cheeked Gibbon


Reptiles / Amphibians

Aruba Island Rattlesnake


Crocodile red-eyed skink

Cuban Boa

Galapagos Tortoise

Green Anaconda

Green Mamba

Kihansi Spray Toad

Leaf-Tailed Gecko

Red Spitting Cobra

Reticulated Python

Saltwater Crocodile



Karner Blue Butterfly

Leaf-Cutter Ant

Mitchell's Satyr

Monarch Butterfly

Aquarium Animals


Blacktip Reef Shark

Flashlight Fish

Giant Pacific Octopus

Green Sea Turtle

Lake Victoria Cichlid

Seahorse, Hippocampus sp.

Orange Clownfish

Pacific Sea Nettles


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The Toledo Zoo's Commissary department is responsible for ordering, preparing and distributing food to all of the animals at the Toledo Zoo.

In one month our animals consume:

  • 139 lbs. of eggs
  • 1,420 lbs. of feline carnivore diet
  • 1,567 bales of hay
  • 1,980,000 crickets
  • 1,990 lbs. of fruit
  • 6,892 lbs. of fish
  • 8,860 lbs. of veggies
  • 553,000 mealworms

Our Animal Training

Our veterinary staff plays many roles in animal care, including preventative health, emergency care, diet assessment, geriatric care and neonatal medicine. Their day-to-day jobs include exams for each individual animal, emergency interventions, performing blood tests and fecal exams, weight management assessments and more.

In one year our vet staff performs:

  • 1,100+ exams
  • 897 fecal tests
  • 400 blood tests
  • 570 radiographs


The Zoo’s animal welfare and enrichment program is comparable to a company’s wellness program. It provides guidelines for generating the best health readings for each of our resident species. Beyond that, it looks at each species and even individual animal’s physical fitness, mental state, overall health and ability to “be the species” or a gorilla’s ability to simply be a gorilla.

Reusing For Enrichment

Sometimes, old recyclable items can be used to keep our animals entertained and to bring out their natural behaviors such as hunting and playing. The Zoo will recycle many common items and place them in the exhibit. Common items used for enrichment include:

  • Shredded office paper for bedding
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Fire hose
  • Plastic buckets, yogurt cups
  • 55 gallon barrels
  • Cardboard tubes/Carpet tubes
  • Perfumes and colognes
  • Sheets and towels for orangutan bedding
  • Phone books
  • Feed bags
  • Oatmeal canisters

Sustainability at the Zoo

Learn about the Zoo's implementation of sustainable practices and initiatives.
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Conservation Efforts

Become a Zoo Pal Sponsor!

Anyone can sponsor an animal and become a Zoo PAL (Proud Animal Lover)

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The orange heart on the animal profiles indicate which animals are available for Zoo PAL adoption!

The orange heart on the animal profiles indicate which animals are available for Zoo PAL adoption!

Zoo PAL is sponsored by:

Be an animal parent without all the work!

Zoo PAL sponsorships are the public’s best way to take part in our animal care as donations go directly to the diet, enrichment and health of your chosen animal!


Chill out with our new Sea lions, Gray wolves and Polar bears this holiday season by becoming a Zoo PAL!

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