Today the Toronto Zoo announced it will be celebrating
40 Days of 40 Animals leading up to its 40th anniversary on August 15, 2014.
"We are extremely proud of the work we've been doing over the past forty years to save and protect species and their habitats both locally and globally," said John Tracogna, Chief Executive Officer. "We will be celebrating this work with special keeper talks, enrichments, animal encounters, activities, and special interpretive stations " he added.
When the Toronto Zoo first opened its doors in 1974 it was hailed as one of the most forward thinking and innovative zoos in the world. The Toronto Zoo was the first zoo in Canada to hire a full-time Nutritionist and is the only zoo in Canada with a full-time Reproductive Physiologist. Today the Toronto Zoo remains a leader in conservation and education and works with many partners in Canada and around the globe to further advance species survival and regeneration.
"The role of accredited zoos has never been more important. With the world losing countless species each year, the Toronto Zoo collaborates with other zoos around the world to ensure the survival of wildlife and their habitats," said Dr. William Rapley, Executive Director Conservation, Education and Wildlife.
As part of the anniversary celebrations, the Toronto Zoo is hosting
40 Days of 40 Animals; a 40 day animal countdown beginning July 7th to highlight 40 unique species and to demonstrate how the Zoo is contributing to their survival. The countdown will continue to the anniversary date of August 15th when the Zoo will be celebrating with special events and activities until August 17th.
The animal countdown kicks off on Monday, July 7th with a focus on the critically endangered
ring-tailed lemurs. There will be a special feeding and enrichment at 1:00 p.m. in the African Rainforest Pavilion.
Media who wish to attend any of the scheduled special feedings or keeper talks please meet Public Relations and Events staff at Guest Services, located at the Zoo's Front Entrance 20 minutes prior.
to visit our
40 Days of 40 Animals
Contact Katie Gray, Supervisor of Public Relations and Events at 416-392-5941 for more information.