At the Toronto Zoo’s Adopt-A-Pond Wetland Conservation Programme, we work to design and deliver impactful conservation-focused research, restoration, and outreach that highlights the importance of saving Canada’s sensitive wetland species and their habitats.
Our visitors are often amazed by the sheer amount of natural space throughout the Toronto Zoo. Being located in the Rouge river valley means those natural spaces provide important habitat for a diverse selection of native wildlife, including turtles, frogs and salamanders! Over the years, some of the wetland areas that occur on-site have been changed, and others only hold water for short periods of time in the spring. The Adopt-A-Pond Wetland Conservation Programme is working to improve these local wetlands to enhance the quality and quantity of habitat available for our native species. Our projects will include creating berms to help increase the amount of water in a wetland, planting native vegetation to create a more diverse plant community, and monitoring amphibians with the FrogWatch programme to ensure we have created good wetland habitat for unique frog and salamander species.