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Christmas critters — a family treat

A winter tradition with bite, the 35th Annual Christmas Treats Walk roars into the Toronto Zoo on Dec. 26.

A winter tradition with bite, the 35th Annual Christmas Treats Walk roars into the Toronto Zoo on Dec. 26.

The family event celebrates winter wildlife while raising money for the Endangered Species Reserve Fund.

Animal lovers of all ages can expect to see a menagerie of cute critters on the roughly hour-long walk, which offers a chance to glimpse reindeer, a snow leopard and Siberian tiger.

Admission is half price, with free hot chocolate at the end of the walk — as long as supplies last. The zoo is asking visitors to bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank.

Animal care supervisor Oliver Claffey has been a part of the Boxing Day walk for the better part of 30 years. He says it’s always a well-attended family event that the animals seem to enjoy as much as the visitors.

“It’s just a fun time,” Claffey says. “The animals are really active and you get a great photo opportunity. It’s become a great tradition over the years.”

The walk ends at the polar bear exhibit. Visitors can also expect to be serenaded by strolling carollers along the way.

“It’s a great way for families to walk off their big holiday dinner!” Claffey says.

 
 
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