Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Address: 2000 Meadowvale Road
Date: Feb 2020
Once a year the Toronto Zoo hosts Orchid Oasis in their greenhouse. It usually happens during the coldest part of the winter and is a nice change of warmth and colour.
Once our camera adjusted and defogged from the warmth of the greenhouse we took a closer look at what was in bloom.
There was an endless variety of patterns and colours.
One of our favourite flowers is known as the lady slipper orchid. They usually have petals that stick way out of each side and a pouch (or lady slipper) in front.
While orchids are beautiful they can also be deadly. Look closely as the orchid mantis hunts its prey by disguising itelf as an orchid. When unsuspecting insects come too close they get snatched in its outstretched arms and quickly devoured.
Another greenhouse resident was this green frog who had found a better way to spend the winter. Instead of hibernating in the pond nearby it had snuck into the greenhouse to spend the winter.
In the cold of February it is always enjoyable to go into a greenhouse or pavilion to warm up while visiting the zoo. It's even better to do it while the orchids are in bloom.
Map of Our World
Toronto Zoo Greenhouse
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