2014 Weekly Media Send Outs
INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS STORY OF
CRITICALLY ENDANGERED FISH
In September of 2014, T. McCaskie, Toronto Zoo Wildlife Care Keeper, returned from another successful field season in Madagascar working with Malagasy partners on an important fisheries conservation project to establish sustainable populations of endangered fish in the wild. This is the fourth field season for Tim to study freshwater fishes as a joint venture between Malagasy partners, Zoological Society of London and Dr. Paul Loiselle, Emeritus Curator of Freshwater Fishes, New York Aquarium.The Toronto Zoo has been part of a conservation program for Madagascar fishes since 2004.
The extremely rare Ptychochromis insolitus, a small perch-like fish, was a main focus this year. Originally thought to be extinct, this fish was collected during the 2013 field season and was confirmed by Tim, this year, to be breeding in a protected Madagascar conservation facility.
A small number of “insolitus”, along with five other rare Madagascar fishes, were brought to Toronto Zoo in September. The Toronto Zoo is the only accredited facility internationally to have a living population of this species. C. Lee, Curator of Fishes at Toronto Zoo explains, “These fishes, considered to be critically endangered by international authorities, are important for the North American Species Survival Plan (SSP) Madagascar and are currently in quarantine at the Toronto Zoo. Tim’s field work and our international partnerships are making a significant contribution to fisheries conservation”.
Another goal for the 2014 field season was to confirm the existence of a rare and critically endangered fish called Rheocles derhami. T. McCaskie reports that, “After considerable effort searching in remote streams, the team found what could be this endangered rainbowfish, but it could also be a new species". The unknown fish is currently in an aquaculture facility in Madagascar. T. McCaskie is hoping to return to Madagascar in 2015 where he will work with and educate the local villagers on how to sustain this particular fish population by creating a species protection action plan.
The Toronto Zoo would like to thank the following organizations for their support with this project: Durham Regional Aquarium Society, Canadian Association of Aquarium Clubs, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 1600 and the American Association of Zoo Keepers
- A colour portrait of "Bob the Sloth"
- A beautiful package of four Holiday Note Cards featuring "Bob" enjoying the holiday season
- An invitation to "Parents" Day, a free day at the Zoo for the animal "parent". (Invitation mailed at a later date).
- Animal fact sheet and Newsletter
- Animal "parent's" name on our recognition wall
- Copy of Collections magazine (sent separately)
- Partial charitable tax receipt (for the buyer of the gift)
and this is the best part!
We will include a coupon entering each animal "parent's" name into our draw for a chance to win a Behind-the-scenes Zoo tour, by limousine golf cart, for 4 guests. Tour will feature a one-on-one with "Bob" and his zookeeper.
Winner will be notified by e-mail or phone.
Or call at 416-392-9114 to order by phone.
In wake of the chilly fall weather, this months Enrichment Extravaganza will be in our Africa Rainforest pavilion with our Radiated Tortoises!
These tortoises can live to be up to 50 years old, however they are critically endangered due to habitat loss and poaching for pet trade. Join us at 1:30 pm every Saturday in November to learn more about this amazing creature and watch them receive their special enrichment. Plus, our keepers will be on hand to answer any of your questions.
Welcome Mingma and Pavarti!
Our Malayan Woods pavilion is again home to two of the most beautiful cats in the world. Meet our new Clouded leopards, our male Mingma and new female Pavarti. Mingma was born at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. on February 15, 2013, and Pavarti was born at the Nashville Zoo on April 30, 2013.
Clouded Leopards are considered a vulnerable species on the IUCN red list with less than 10,000 remain in the wild. They are threatened by both habitat destruction but also by the illegal pet trade for their skin and bones. The Toronto Zoo is part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP) for this species and supports conservation efforts in both North America and Thailand.
Stop by and you will see one or both on exhibit.
Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 13, 2014
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
This season the Toronto Zoo wants to make your holiday shopping easier with our Holiday Drop and Shop Program. By enrolling in the Drop and Shop Program your child (ages 4-10) will receive a day of fun at the Toronto Zoo and you receive uninterrupted time to finish up your holiday shopping. Your child's day will be a wild mix of Zoo tours, animal encounters, a special visit to the Giant Panda Experience, festive crafts, games and more!
(per child): $40 Zoo Member, $50 Non-Member
And each additional sibling registered for the same day will receive a $10 discount!
Please note: Please provide your child with a nut free morning snack and lunch.
*Please note all events subject to change without notice.
Celebrating 40 Years Of Saving And Protecting Species.
9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Last admission's one hour before closing.
The Toronto Zoo is open year round (except Dec. 25th).
CURRENT ADMISSION FEES:
General Admission (13-64): $23
Seniors (65+): $18
Children (3-12): $14
Children (2 and under): FREE
Prices include tax as applicable
Parking is $10 year round
For more information, contact Lesley Dean at (416) 392-5939.
Events and admission prices subject to change without notice.
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