Toledo Zoo to host solar eclipse event on Monday, April 8

Press Staff Writer

        The Toledo Zoo will host a special event, “Total Eclipse at the Zoo,” Monday, April 8, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
        The unique experience will allows visitors to witness the solar eclipse from the path of totality, accompanied by a range of engaging activities suitable for all ages. Lucas County residents can enjoy free admission from 10 a.m.-noon with proof of residency.
        Activities throughout the day will include animal demonstrations, character meet-and-greets, a bounce house, musical entertainment and various other fun-filled engagements. Guests can also collaborate with zoo staff in animal observations and research to witness firsthand how the animals respond to the celestial phenomenon.
        “We’re thrilled to offer this rare viewing opportunity to our community and visitors. Witnessing a total solar eclipse among the animals adds a unique layer to an already incredible event,” said Jen Brassil, director of PR and communications events at the zoo. “We invite guests to come for the eclipse and stay for the fun interactions and enriching experiences throughout the day.”
        For eclipse viewing, the Toledo Zoo will be distributing free eclipse glasses to attendees, while supplies last. Guests are invited to gather at the historic amphitheatre to witness the darkness of the eclipse and the sounds of the zoo.
        Admission to the eclipse-related activities is included with general zoo admission.
        As part of the zoo’s Conda Family Zoo For All program, a Sensory Area will be available in the ProMedica Museum of Natural History. This area is designed as a quiet zone, offering sensory-friendly activities with dedicated staff and volunteers ready to support any sensory needs. For other information about accessibility features, visit
        For a schedule of events and an opportunity to livestream some of our animal exhibits, monitoring their behavior during the eclipse, visit This work is supported by the Simons Foundation as part of its “In the Path of Totality” initiative.


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