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Toronto Zoo Celebrates Successful Breeding Of

Critically Endangered Species


Toronto Zoo Weekly Feature - Wednesday, 2013-06-05

More than 26,00 Puerto Rican Crested Toad tadpoles shipped for release

The Toronto Zoo is pleased to announce they have successfully bred the critically endangered Puerto Rican crested toad and will be sending approximately 26,000 tadpoles back to Puerto Rico on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 for release into the wild.

"This is a very proud moment for our conservation team as it not only represents release of an endangered species but we also followed recommendations given to the Species Survival Plan which led to successfully breeding toads from the north and south of Puerto Rico," said Bob Johnson, Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians. "Traditionally, researchers have always kept and bred the north and south toads separately. This time, on the recommendation of Canadian research geneticist Kaela Beauclerc from Trent University, we are able to increase the genetic makeup of the resulting offspring", explains Johnson.

The Toronto Zoo participates in a number of conservation and research projects each year and partners with many organizations to ensure the sustainability of wildlife in their natural habitat. The Toronto Zoo has worked with this particular species since 1983 and has released approximately 150,000 toad tadpoles in Puerto Rico as part of the Species Survival Plan.

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Saturday, June 8
The world's oceans cover more than 70% of the Earth's surface and contain approximately 80% of all life on Earth! Join the Toronto Zoo along with others around the world for a creative and fun way to celebrate World Oceans Day and our connection to the sea. Visit our exhibits and special displays that highlight the astonishing diversity of life that exists within our seas!
Sunday, June 16
Why not bring Dad for a day at the Zoo and meet some of our WILD Dads including Brutus (Capybara), Inukshuk (polar bear) and Bucky (babirusa)!
The Toronto Zoo is very excited to once again be hosting Seafood for Thought TM - A Sumptuous Sustainable Seafood Fundraiser on Thursday, June 20, 2013. It's an engaging and elegant way to discover how your choices protect the health of soil, water, and ocean wildlife. Seafood for Thought TM is a celebration of sumptuous sustainable seafood prepared by some of Toronto's top chefs! A truly elegant way to learn about how making sustainable healthy seafood choices can assure a future with abundant ocean wildlife! Delicious seafood tastings prepared by talented chefs, wine and beer pairings, great music and WILD animal encounters.
Beat the Heat This Weekend in Splash Island
Round up the kids and chill out in Splash Island, the coolest spot in the Zoo! It's two magical acres of hands-on, non-stop family fun amidst waterslides, bigger than life water-spouting animals, a waterfall, lots of misters, and way-cool tipping buckets. But keep in mind - while the kids are screaming with delight, they're also learning all about which plants and animals live in different bodies of water in Canada.
FREE with Zoo admission
Splash Island hours:
Weekends Only until June 23rd: 10:30 am to 6:00 pm
Daily, June 24th to September 2nd: 10:30 am to 6:00 pm
Bear Necessities: Ice. Food. Cubs. - Vote Now!
The Toronto Zoo is proud to be selected as one of the project's in Shell's FuellingChange Initiative and YOU can help!

Polar Bears are a threatened species, with only 20,000 to 25,000 polar bears in the wild and 60% of them are in Canada! In the running to win $100,000, the Bear Necessities project will support this iconic Canadian species through Toronto Zoo's conservation, education and research programs.

Voting is easy, just visit CLICK HERE, and register for a free account and vote for Bear Necessities: Ice. Food. Cubs.
Proud parents "Lucy" (mom) and "Stephane" (dad) are "snorting" with delight as they welcome three new additions! First time mom "Lucy" gave birth to three warthog piglets on April 14th, 2013 and is doing a terrific job taking care of them.
"Stephane" is not with Mom and the piglets yet as they will be introduced later on when they are a bit older. Visit the newest additions to the Toronto Zoo in the African Savanna.
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