2014 Weekly Media Send Outs
The Toronto Zoo is open 364 days a year and is the destination for winter adventure! With our interactive map, planning your winter escape has never been easier. Scroll over each animal exhibit and pavilion to plan your trip today. The Toronto Zoo has so much to offer, even in the cold, including six warm tropical pavilions full of exotic animals at every turn, daily keeper talks and 10 km of scenic winter trails.
GIANT PANDA UPDATE
Photo Credit: Ken Ardill
Er Shun, Giant Panda
After months of closely monitoring Er Shun, since she was artificially inseminated (AI) on April 27, 2014, Toronto Zoo staff have confirmed that despite showing early signs of a possible pregnancy through multiple urinary hormone tests, ultrasound examinations, and behavioural observations, Er Shun did not produce an offspring and was likely experiencing a pseudopregnancy.
Er Shun’s hormone analysis showed an increase, over multiple days of urinary protesterone metabolites, which can be consistent with giant panda pregnancies. Zoo staff, while hopeful, were cautious due to Er Shun’s young age (six years old at the time of estrus) and having only experienced her first estrus period earlier this year. As there are no definitive pregnancy tests for giant pandas, Zoo staff continued to monitor Er Shun and regular ultrasounds were conducted by Dr. Cathy Gartley from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph and Toronto Zoo veterinarians.
Pseudopregnancies are not uncommon in giant pandas. The critical scientific research gathered over the last number of months by Toronto Zoo experts including a reproductive physiologist, veterinarians, and keepers will be shared with giant panda experts around the world in the hopes of ensuring the ongoing survival of this endangered species. There is a growing body of collaborative international scientific information on giant pandas and the Toronto Zoo is very proud to be contributing its expertise to this species.
Toronto Zoo staff will now be monitoring Er Shun for signs of her second estrus. Female giant pandas are monoestrous, which means they have only one reproductive cycle per year for a period of only 24 to 72 hours. In 2015, the Toronto Zoo is hoping to see success in breeding Er Shun and Da Mao, and will continue to build on the extensive research from this year to improve the reproduction of this endangered species.
The Toronto Zoo and the Calgary Zoo are part of a 10 year Giant Panda Cooperative Conservation initiative. The Toronto Zoo wants to acknowledge and thank the team of experts from the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Chongqing Zoo, Atlanta Zoo, Edinburgh Zoo, Memphis Zoo, Smithsonian National Zoo (Washington, DC) and the San Diego Global Zoo, who worked closely with us to collaborate and share their expertise to further understand this very complex species.
- 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.
Get Out and Get Wild This Holiday Season
Saturday, December 20th through Sunday, January 4th
The kids are on holiday break so why not enjoy some family time at the Toronto Zoo. With over 10K of scenic walking trails, indoor and exotic pavilions, animal encounters and more the Toronto Zoo is the place to be this holiday season! Join us for daily animal encounters in our Panda Interpretive Centre at 11am and 2pm* and don't forget to visit our new indoor giraffe viewing area and the newly opened Eurasia Wilds. Happy Holidays from our WILD family to yours!
*Subject to change without notice
Friday, December 26, 2014
10:30am, Front Entrance Courtyard
The Toronto Zoo is the place to be on Boxing Day! Join us for half price admission for everyone all day on December 26th. Meet in our front entrance courtyard at 10:30am to begin a guided walk through the NEW Eurasia Wilds to see what delightful seasonal treats await the Zoo's animals. Please bring a non-perishable item for the Daily Bread Food Bank and any old cellphones to help support great ape conservation. Happy Holidays! *Please note this is an outdoor event and subject to change without notice and all proceeds from this day go to the Endangered Species Reserve Fund.
*Please note all events subject to change without notice.
Celebrating 40 Years Of Saving And Protecting Species.
9:30am to 4:30pm
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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