I finally took the kiddo to the Toronto Zoo! She’s been asking me to go since last summer.

Back in grade 8 we went on a trip to Toronto where we got to do all the touristy Toronto things, and the zoo was one  of them! I don’t remember it much, except for riding a camel, so it was really fun to be able to go back and to bring my daughter along.

To be honest, seeing caged animals does make me kind of sad, obviously. I’m not a monster and I do think about these things. I like to remind myself that these animals are often endangered species, and are being helped. But mostly, I went because my daughter begged me to and my cousin and I were able to get in for free.

The only thing that was kind of a disappointment was the fact that most of the vendors were shut down. The Toronto zoo was under a strike and so most of the attractions were closed. No food vendors, no rides, no water park. We weren’t smart enough to bring any food into the park, so we had to wait until we left to eat because our cooler was in the car. Sidney got mad hangry, so that was fun.

But it was worth it! Because my little monkey had a good day! It was really cool to be able to see these animals up close. We’ve been to African Lion Safari a few times, since it’s close by, but at the zoo we could see them a lot closer, and not through a car window.

A lot of the animals were kept indoors, like the reptiles and fish and whatnot. This little froggy guy was one of my favourites!

Sidney was super stoked to see this guy, though! He was sleeping up against the glass, and we were able to get a good look at him. I love giant kitties!

There were a lot of aquariums, too. Some of these fish were huge! And ugly, like this guy.

Another favourite of mine were the bats! I love bats! They’re like flying kitties! It was hard to get a good picture of them since their enclosure was really dark and they were crawling and flying around everywhere. My camera wasn’t equipped for that. Actually, I hardly took any pictures! I was just enjoying the walk and the view and didn’t really think to pull my camera out very often.

I mean, we did have had a lot of fun! Although I was bummed the water park was closed, because it was pretty hot out and my feet had blisters on them from all the walking. I really just wanted to get my feet wet! On our way home we had to drop my cousin off and Sidney was able to jump in their pool for an hour, so she didn’t mind.

Will I be going back? Probably not any time soon. Even Sidney agreed that once was good enough. It was a good day, and we had fun, but we don’t need to rush back. Maybe it would have been better had the place been fully open. I dunno. Although, I mean, everyone should go to the zoo at least once in their life!

Next on Sid’s list: Ripley’s Aquarium!


Have you ever been to the zoo? What was your favourite attraction?
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