If you could get up close and personal with some of the Toronto Zoo's largest and most interesting species, would you?

Of course you would! Who would turn down the chance to marvel at a Sumatran tiger, look straight up at a giraffe, or lock eyes with a Western lowland gorilla?

The Toronto Zoo is now hosting NEW Wild Encounters, allowing you and your friends to get closer than usual to polar bears, rhinos, kangaroos, penguins, and more!

Choose from 16 different behind-the-scenes tours for a one-of-a-kind guided experience through the African Rainforest Pavilion, African Savanna, or Tundra Trek. The 40-minute tours will bring guests up close, some even right into their chosen animal's habitat, to learn more about what it takes to care for them.

For just $25, you can experience a kangaroo mob up close, awe at a capybara, or stare into the eyes of an Amur tiger, the largest cat in the world.

Other Wild Encounters, which vary in price from $25-$65, include going behind the scenes in the Zoo's "bug house," coming face-to-shell with the world's largest tortoise, and getting as close to a real-life reindeer as it gets.

And if you're taking little kiddies with you, note that children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. In addition, additional fees do apply for the Wild Encounters experiences, which you'll need at least 40 minutes to enjoy.

After your Wild Encounters visit, don't forget to check out the rest of the zoo! With more than 5,000 animals in its care, the Toronto Zoo is committed to fighting extinction and connecting people to wildlife.

You can explore award-winning indoor tropical pavilions, including the African Rainforest, home to the baby Western lowland gorilla and pygmy hippo calf.

Or check out Matilda, the baby Endangered African penguin. You can also enjoy daily Keeper Talks and animal shows.

From May to November 2019, the Toronto Zoo will also be offering guests the opportunity to think about the impact of plastics on our oceans. Special temporary exhibit "Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea" has 10 larger-than-life sculptures made completely from plastic found in waterways and oceans around the world.

Guests can also climb through the trees in the Zoo's Wild Rouge Zipline & Canopy Tour or take a stroll down under in the Kangaroo Walk-Thru.

To learn more about the new Wild Encounters, visit the Toronto Zoo website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube page.

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