My Zoo Days

In April of 2019, I made the decision to retire after over 40 years of being rudely awakened by an alarm clock, five mornings a week for the better part of my life. It’s January 2020 now, and I’m still basking in the freedom of never again having to be anywhere that I don’t choose to be. 

Once I’d made my this first decision, my second decision was easy. I would treat myself to a special retirement gift: a one-year pass to the Metro Toronto Zoo. With the Toronto Zoo only a 12-minute drive from my house, I knew it would be a fun and safe place to visit whenever I had the urge to take a scenic walk on a nice day. Not to mention that I would get to spend time with lots of very cool animals any time I pleased.

It has turned out to be one of the best gifts I’ve ever received. Since April, I’ve visited the zoo countless times—sometimes for just an hour or so, sometimes for an entire afternoon. I’ve discovered that no matter how often I go there, I see something different every time. No wonder—animals are so delightfully unpredictable. 

I will most definitely renew my annual pass to the Toronto Zoo this year and every year forward! Hands down, it’s money well spent.

Here are some of the sights I’ve had the pleasure of seeing so far…



  1. dunelight said,

    April 12, 2021 at 12:20 am

    What in the wild west is the animal above the zebra? It looks like a seal/pig/I don’t know what?

    Liked by 1 person

    • April 12, 2021 at 2:58 am

      I don’t know what you’re seeing. No seals, pigs or aliens back there–just rocks.

      Liked by 1 person

      • dunelight said,

        April 12, 2021 at 3:47 am

        No no..the photo above the zebra photo. Unless you took a picture of something standing in front of a huge rock and I’m looking at the wrong thing.


  2. November 20, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Glad to hear you’re enjoying yourself on your new adventure! I love going to the zoo but ours is quite a distance away. These photos are beautiful!! Did you use your phone or a camera to get these shots?

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  3. January 19, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    Congratulations on retirement Donna, and glad you enjoy it! Nice collection of animal photos you posted here. I looked up the zoo to see a map of the place, and it is quite large, and I am sure a pleasant place to walkabout in every day that you feel like doing it!


  4. TheViewFromHere said,

    January 18, 2020 at 1:17 am

    Congratulations on your retirement Donna! The freedom is amazing, isn’t it? Lovely pics of some gorgeous animals. Tigers have always fascinated me with their royal beauty.


    • January 18, 2020 at 3:35 am

      Yes! I LOVE retirement. It’s the best decision I’ve ever made. The big cats are definitely beautiful creatures. But nothing fascinates me more than the orangutangs and gorillas. I can watch them for hours. Hope you’re doing well and looking forward to reading more of your blog!


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