Toledo Zoo

The Toledo Zoo, located in the old South End neighborhood of Toledo, is rated as one of the ten best in the country. Its' Highlights include the Hippoquarium, The Primate Forest, African Savanna, Arctic Encounter and a Children’s Zoo.

Toledo Zoo (Get Directions) 2 Hippo Way Toledo, OH 43609 419.385.5721419.385.5721 |

Toledo Zoo

Toledo Zoo Hours:

The Zoo is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
The Zoo opens daily at 10 am. Closing times vary throughout the year:

     January - April
     Last admission 4 pm—Zoo closes 5 pm
     May (until Memorial Day)
     Weekdays: Last admission 4 pm—Zoo closes 5 pm
     Weekends: Last admission 5 pm—Zoo closes 6 pm
     Memorial Day - Labor Day
     Last admission 5 pm—Zoo closes 6 pm
     September (after Labor Day)
     Weekdays: Last admission 4 pm—Zoo closes 5 pm
     Weekends: Last admission 5 pm—Zoo closes 6 pm
     October - November (until Lights Before Christmas begins)
     Last admission 4 pm—Zoo closes 5 pm
     Daytime hours during Lights Before Christmas
     10 am to 2:59 pm (at 3 pm, Lights Before Christmas admission rate applies)
     Hours for Lights Before Christmas (open at 3 pm daily)
     Sun - Thurs: Last admission 8 pm—Zoo closes 9 pm
     Fri & Sat: Last admission 9 pm—Zoo closes 10 pm

Toledo Zoo Admission:
$11.00 for Adults
$8.00 for Children (2 yrs - 11 yrs) and Seniors (60+)
FREE for Members and Children under 2 years.


With over 5,300 animals representing over 750 species, The Toledo Zoo is one of the world’s most complete zoos—it’s also the region’s top family destination! Let The Toledo Zoo whisk you away, from the Arctic tundra to the wilds of Africa to the tropical rainforest and all points between—all in one great day.

Nature's Neighborhood
(Opening on June 19th, 2009) will be a year-round children's zoo with a focus on bringing kids closer to nature by teaching them what it's like to be an animal. The exhibit will be 100% explorable and will have many hands-on activities, plus places for kids to crawl, climb and discover. And of course, there will be plenty of animals including, goats, guinea pigs, birds, reptiles, dogs and cats to name a few.

The Toledo Zoo is also proud to be at the forefront of many conservation efforts, working to preserve dozens of endangered and threatened species from butterflies and birds to snakes and elephants. Fully accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), The Toledo Zoo participates in dozens of important breeding programs that are helping to ensure a future for some truly amazing species.

Each year nearly one million people come to The Toledo Zoo to experience the wonders of the natural world, stroll through our beautiful grounds and explore our historic WPA-era buildings. Come be a part of this incredible legacy and make a few memories of your own!

A Local Treasure
It was a largely unnoticed gesture nearly a century ago - the donation of a single woodchuck to the City of Toledo's Parks Board. Little did anyone realize at the time that an institution would emerge that would become one of Toledo's most beloved and valuable treasures. With this single gift, The Toledo Zoological Gardens was started in 1900 and over the years has served as an enduring tradition for families and a source of pride for the entire community. From its rather ordinary beginnings, The Toledo Zoo has become an extraordinary success. Nationally recognized as one of the most comprehensive zoological institutions in the nation, The Toledo Zoo now serves as the top tourist attraction in the area and is the number one reason people visit Toledo. As such, the Zoo is highly regarded for its contribution to both the local economy and quality of life for the Toledo community.

A History of Change
Success for The Toledo Zoo was not arrived at easily, or overnight. From its earliest days, the Zoo faced enormous challenges. Uncertain financial circumstances frequently threatened its ability to operate, while changes to the natural world necessitated an increased role for the Zoo in working to preserve and protect the world's vanishing wildlife.

A city-run Zoo during much of its existence, the transfer of Zoo ownership to The Toledo Zoological Society, a private non-profit organization, in 1982 marked the beginning of a new era of improvements and progress. It was at this time a series of tax levies for operating expenses was approved by the residents of Lucas County. With a mindful eye on the past, as well as the future, the Zoological Society professionalized the management of the Zoo and developed a vision for the institution that can be seen in its operation today.

Although recent changes are widely apparent throughout the Zoo, the importance of its history is still in evidence. Five Spanish Colonial-style buildings that were constructed during the depression by the Works Progress Administration and the Federal Emergency Relief Act are still in use. These architecturally magnificent buildings help shape the character of the Zoo that is uniquely Toledo's.

Keeping Up with the Times
During the 1980s The Toledo Zoo introduced many exciting and significant improvements. Foremost among them, the African Savanna provided a stunning recreation of the plains and jungles of Africa. The now world-famous Hippoquarium - the first of its kind in the zoo world - was developed as part of the Savanna. More recently, the Kingdom of the Apes, exhibits for Siberian tigers, Asian sloth bears and African wild dogs have been added, as well as a renovated Aviary and the Primate Forest. Zoo Visitors are also welcomed by a new parking lot, entry complex, gift shop and a ramped pedestrian bridge over the Anthony Wayne Trail.

The popularity of the Zoo has increased dramatically over the last decade. Restored facilities, new exhibits and a concerted effort to address the needs of the visitor have resulted in an average attendance of 875,000 people each year, with over 1,000,000 visitors in 1988, 1994, and 1999. Special promotions such as the Lights Before Christmas capture the charm and character of the Zoo and have become traditions for Toledo families.