NEW Outdoor Orangutan Habitat – Coming Spring 2021

A new home at the Toronto Zoo

Sumatran orangutans are critically endangered and we need to do more to protect them from extinction. That’s why your Toronto Zoo is embarking on a bold new initiative that will mean a brighter future for orangutans at the Zoo and in the wild.

We are committed to building a NEW outdoor habitat for our orangutan troop, three times the size of their current habitat, and a research station where animal behavioral scientists can study these majestic tree dwellers.

Click here to learn more about the Outdoor Orangutan Habitat Project

The Toronto Zoo's Orangutan Habitat Project





For more than 45 years, the Toronto Zoo has maintained its position as one of the top Zoos in North America. Our vision is a world where wildlife and wild spaces thrive, and we are passionate about connecting people, animals and conservation science to fight extinction.

Our new habitat will also provide educational opportunities to learn more about the factors impeding orangutan survival, and the positive actions each and every guest can take to fight extinction of these critically endangered species.

Illegal logging, gold mining and palm oil plantations serve as major threats to orangutan populations. Sumatran rainforests are being destroyed at an alarming rate, by conversion to agriculture, both by large commercial plantations and smaller subsistence farms. At the same time, humans are selectively killing adult females in order to obtain live juveniles for the animal pet trade.

We still need to raise $2 million. We are looking to partner with visionary individuals, foundations and corporations that care deeply about the welfare of the animals with which we share our planet. We invite you to take part in this unique opportunity to support a premier project that will enrich and inspire, and demonstrate your commitment to the well-being of the orangutans in our care and the survival of orangutans in the wild.

Please donate today and support our efforts to enrich and protect the lives of Sumatran orangutans around the world.



With your help, we can build a new home for our troop designed to stimulate their physical, social and intellectual needs. This bigger, better, habitat will mimic natural rainforest environments with over 12,000 square feet of climbing structures, hills, pools and streams, and allow our troop outdoor access for the very first time.

According to a recent article in The Guardian, “the Sumatran rainforest could disappear in 20 years.”

Donate today and support our efforts to enrich and protect the lives of Sumatran orangutans around the world.


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