Toronto Zoo (officially the Board of Management of the Toronto Zoo) is a City agency that operates, manages, and maintains the City of Toronto’s Zoo. The Toronto Zoo is the largest in Canada, home to over 5,000 animals representing 500 species on more than 700 acres of land next to Canada’s Rouge National Urban Park.
Toronto Zoo’s mission is to provide a living centre for education and science, committed to providing compelling guest experiences and inspiring passion to protect wildlife and habitats.
Toronto Zoo’s key service activities include:
View the City’s Budget for detailed budget information on the Toronto Zoo’s service activities.
Read the Toronto Zoo’s Strategic Plan and Master Plan to learn about current and future plans for the Toronto Zoo.
The Board of Management of the Toronto Zoo was established in 1977 and is continued as a City agency under the City of Toronto Act, 2006 for the purposes of operating, managing and maintaining the Toronto Zoo.
The Board of Management oversees the strategic and operational management of the Toronto Zoo. Among its key responsibilities, the Board provides direction to Zoo management on matters such as strategic policy, financial planning, effective program delivery and compliance with applicable legislation and City Council directives.
Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 329, Toronto Zoo sets out the Toronto Zoo Board’s composition which consists of 11 members appointed by City Council. It comprises eight public members appointed through the City’s Public Appointments process and three City Council members, one of whom is the Mayor or Council member-designate. City Council appoints the Board’s Chair and the Board elects a Vice-Chair from among its members.
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