The Variety Of Life In The World

Main Level

  • Ohio: After the Ice

    Walk back in history through wild Ohio to when American Lions, Mastodons and other giants roamed the land.

  • Tropics

    Discover a two-story tropical oasis, complete with 30+ foot tall trees, bushes, orchids and much more.

  • Wetlands & Lakes

    Take an interactive nature walk through the variety of ecosystems that surround the Great Lakes.

  • Oak Forest

    See life from an ant’s perspective on the forest floor in this 24x larger than reality exhibit.

  • Rivers & Streams

    Explore our local waterways as you flip rocks and happen upon live animals that live in our own backyard.

  • Native Prairies

    Enjoy all the beneficial and beautiful native prairie plants and wildlife this living laboratory has to offer.

Upper Level

  • Komodo Dragon

    See the world’s largest and heaviest lizards and learn about their recently discovered potent venom!

  • Nature in Hand

    Study a unique collection of fossils, pelts, bones and more interactive artifacts that bring science to life in this room generously supported by Dorothy MacKenzie Price.

  • Venomous Snakes

    Venture into the world of venomous snakes from around the globe.

  • Hall of Venom

    Explore how venom evolved as a defense mechanism and method to capture prey in many different animals and how its range of effects are experienced by victims.

  • Arthropods

    Learn all about the largest group in the animal kingdom, invertebrates or animals lacking a backbone!

  • Mazza Gallery

    Delve into nature, animal and Zoo-themed art from children’s books in this new mini museum.

    Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow, Beth Krommes, HMH Books for Young Readers, 2006

A look inside

Preview all the possibilities of this newly-renovated space!

Take a 3-D tour

“This museum is a tangible link of how our animals and conservation efforts are interconnected throughout the world and spans of time.”

-Jeff Sailer, CEO/President, Toledo Zoo & Aquarium

Rental Space

The Great Hall

Dance (or party) with one foot in the past and one in the present in our new state-of-the-art event space. Accepting bookings now.

Sponsor & Give

With your support, the Zoo & its most recent renovation is sure to continue growing in blooms and beauty for years to come.

Thank you

Museum Professional Services

  • Buehrer Group Architecture & Engineering, Inc.,
  • Edge (Landscape Design)
  • Joe Swint, Swint Consulting Service LLC
  • Lerch Bates Inc.
  • Lewandowski Engineers
  • Reynolds Polymer Technology, Inc.
  • TJP Engineering, Inc.
  • Vorndran & Associates Food Service Consultants, Inc.
  • Wadsworth Control Sytems
Thank you

Artists & Exhibit Design

  • Jeremy Link, Douglas Kampfer
  • and artists of Graphite Design + Build
  • Weigl Controls, Show Control for themed environments & attractions
  • 2Scale, Environments, Exhibits, Design
Thank you


  • A.A. Boos & Sons, Inc.
  • Absolute Fire Protection Inc.
  • Bayes, Inc.
  • Breckenridge Kitchen Equipment & Design
  • Mosser Construction Inc.
  • Reynolds Polymer Technology Inc.
  • Rough Brothers, Inc.
  • The Delventhal Company
  • Tuttle Construction, Inc.
  • Westfield Electric, Inc