Toronto Zoo plans annual Boxing Day treats walk

This holiday season, the Toronto Zoo is inviting all residents to join in the festivities. While the zoo is closed Christmas Day, it re-opens on Dec. 26 with its annual Boxing Day Christmas Treats Trek, where animals are fed special treats. This year, renovations in the Eurasia pavilion, where two giant pandas on loan from China are to be housed, will provide a surprise “twist” to the annual event, which is in its 37th year. Attendees will also receive a Littlest Pet Shop gift courtesy toy manufacturer Hasbro and admission is half-price all day on Dec. 26. Zoo-goers are asked to bring a non-perishable item to donate to the food bank. On New Year’s Eve, the zoo will host from 5 to 8 p.m. a family countdown to 2013. The annual event, in its 10th year, will feature animal visits and zookeeper talks and a full line-up of family-friendly entertainment including a 1960s cover band, an appearance by Po from the hit film franchise Kung Fu Panda, the Majinx Magic Show team and the WotWots children’s television characters. Tickets for the outdoor event are $20 for adults and seniors and $12 for children between the ages of four and 12. Children under three are admitted for free but must have a ticket. The zoo is also inviting patrons to sign up for its White Lion holiday special, part of its ongoing Adopt and Animal sponsorship program. For the promotion, anyone who donates $100 receives a special certificate, an animal fact sheet, two separate newsletters as well as Fluf white lion plush toy and the chance to win a VIP tour of the zoo and meet the zoo’s white lions. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.torontozoo.com;