The Vancouver Island Marmots Are Down for the Count!
How do you care for one of the most endangered mammal species in North America that spend most of their time sleeping...very carefully! The Vancouver Island marmot is a true hibernator. Hibernation is a very critical time in an animals life-cycle where they stop eating, lower their body temperature and enter a suppressed metabolic state to conserve energy during the cold winter months. The Toronto Zoo has a special "environmental chamber" that mimics conditions in the wild and keeps temperatures at a steady 5.5 degrees Celsius. The chamber is equipped with an alarm system to alert zoo staff of any temperature fluctuations that could have negative affects on the sleeping animals. The marmots will arouse from hibernation around March/April. The Toronto Zoo is involved in a breeding and reintroduction program to save this species from extinction. Their wild numbers were as low as 25 individuals and thanks to captive breeding and reintroduction, the wild numbers are now between 350 - 400 animals. This speaks volumes for the importance of zoos and species at risk conservation. CLICK HERE
for more information on this important conservation program.
GO GREEN THIS HOLIDAY SEASON:
Follow these tips to reduce your carbon footprint over the holidays!
- Take the reusable bags with you when you go shopping
- Forego gift-wrapping or wrap in a material that can be recycled, like brown paper- most wrapping paper can't be recycled!
- Avoid hand cramps! Send eCards instead of traditional ones.
- Include rechargeable batteries with electronics
- Choose LED lights and use a timer, turning lights on only when people are there to see them
The 2013 Toronto Zoo Leapin' Lemur Adopt-An-Animal Holiday Package Is Here!
Our fabulous Leapin' Lemur Holiday Package makes gift-giving easy and includes a beautiful portrait of one of our delightful, big eyed lemurs, an absolutely adorable plush ring-tailed lemur, and so much more! Adoption fees help us take good care of the animals, protect endangered species, and pursue on-going lemur conservation efforts. CLICK HERE to purchase your package today!
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