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Since the Toronto Zoo first opened its doors in 1974, the global extinction rate has soared from one or two species per year to approximately 3 species per day. Globally, there are fewer than 400 Sumatran tigers and approximately 1,864 giant pandas left in the wild. Sumatran orangutans remain critically endangered with less than 7,300 in the wild due to habitat loss and the palm oil crisis. Two species currently at the Toronto Zoo are already extinct in the wild: the Wyoming toad and the splitfin butterfly fish. The Zoo also houses 45 species at risk of extinction, 20 of which are critically endangered. As a result, Toronto Zoo now has a host of conservation, breeding and research programs that are designed to save species from extinction. Private donors and government research grants have made the Zoo's research, conservation, and education work possible. But as the need for conservation grows, so does the need for support.
Today, the Toronto Zoo has a proven record of successfully breeding endangered species. Every year, animals born at the Zoo as part of organized conservation programs are reintroduced to protect parts of their original habitat. The Zoo's groundbreaking research is respected and used worldwide. The Zoo's award-winning conservation and education programs enrich the lives of participants, and help preserve our local species and ecosystems. Toronto Zoo Development is dedicated to the financial support of the Toronto Zoo in its efforts to conserve species diversity through conservation, education and research. Conservation projects and activities funded by Toronto Zoo Development: