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Registration: 8am to 9amAwards Ceremony: 9:15am to 9:30amStart of Event: 9:30amEnd of Event: 11:30am
The Toronto Zoo is hosting its very first Polar Dip where participants will have the chance to “dip” into icy-cold waters to raise awareness for polar species conservation! A registration fee of $100 is required to participate, but don’t stop there! Continue to fundraise by collecting pledges from friends and family, or even dare them to join you by participating as part of a team! Unique prizes, including an exclusive special viewing of a polar bear training session with our Keepers, will be awarded before the start of the event. Award categories will include prizes for “Top Individual Fundraiser”, “Top Fundraising Team”, “Best Dressed” and “Most Spirited”! PLUS join us after your dip in the Special Events Centre for a ‘Post-Splash Bash’ with food, a special presentation, activities and a silent auction! Special Events Centre opens at 10am and all Zoo guests are welcome to join in the celebrations.
Your participation in the Toronto Zoo Polar Dip will raise funds to support conservation of polar bears at the Toronto Zoo and in the wild. The Toronto Zoo is a champion for Canada's majestic polar bears listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as they are at risk of becoming endangered due to climate change. Proceeds from the Toronto Zoo Polar Dip challenge will support the Toronto Zoo’s role in scientific research, education and saving and protecting the polar bear for future generations.
The Toronto Zoo’s Polar Dip will take place outside the Zoo’s Wildlife Health Centre Viewing Gallery in our dip tank, generously provided by GFL Environmental Inc. Join us for a Post-Splash Bash in our warm-up station at the climate-controlled Special Events Centre where visitors will get a chance to meet our polar bear Keepers, hear their stories, and find out what the Zoo is doing to help these iconic animals. You can also participate in fun and educational activities, including a silent auction! Bag/coat check and change rooms will be available to dippers at no extra charge. Please note that all participants must sign a waiver before participating.
Why Support Polar Bears? In all cases, the primary conservation concern for polar bears is habitat loss and reduced access to their seal prey due to climate change. Scientists predict that as the Arctic continues to warm, two-thirds of the world's polar bears could disappear within this century. Research also shows that hope remains if action is taken now to reduce the impacts of climate change.
Want to support Polar Bear Conservation AND stay dry?
You may support one of our participants or make a donation by clicking here!
You may also sign up and register as a Fundraiser for Polar Bear Conservation.
Create an individual fundraiser or join up with others and start a team to help raise dollars for polar bears. To do so, simply buy a Virtual Dip ticket (it's free!) and start fundraising today!