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Toronto Zoo Welcomes Birth Of A Critically Endangered Species Of Turtle


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Born on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, after an extensively monitored 63 day incubation period, the Toronto Zoo is thrilled to announce two baby Malaysian painted turtles have successfully hatched. The Species Survival Plan (SSP) for these animals report that only five zoological institutions have successfully reproduced this species. The Toronto Zoo has hatched 36 of these critically endangered turtles since 2002.

Malaysian Painted Turtles (Batagur borneoensis) are native to the rivers of Southern Thailand through Malaysia to Sumatra and Borneo. This is one of the most endangered species of turtles in the world. It is currently listed as Critically Endangered on the International Union for Conservation (IUCN) Red List.

They are called painted turtle because during the spring breeding season, males develop light gray-white heads, and red stripes appear between the eyes and forehead. Females will lay 8-10 eggs in a sandy nest and eggs hatch in 60-70 days. This species is one of the largest river turtles from the region with a shell length of up to 80 cm (31 inches). Males are smaller than females. They feed primarily on leaves and fruits of riverside vegetation.

The adult turtles are currently on exhibit in the Indo-Malaya Pavilion, but the babies are currently in an off exhibit nursery area where they will be nurtured for several more weeks.


To celebrate Toronto hosting the 2015 games the Toronto Zoo has created a fun and wild Pan Am themed events calendar for guests to the city, as well as Torontonians, to enjoy! Don’t miss your chance to visit Canada’s national leader in saving wildlife to ensure the rich diversity of nature for future generations!

While you are at the Toronto Zoo check out some of our

Wild Animal Athletes

, this week we are highlighting the capybara.

Talk about your freestyle swimmer! The capybara can wiegh up to 68kg (150lbs) and is the world's largest rodent. Also called a "water hog", because of its webbed feet and they feed on aquatic plants in the waterways of South America. All Pan Am caliber swimmers could certainly beat this big rat in a race.  

For more details on the 2015 games

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Animal Enrichment Extravaganza

This month's Animal Enrichment Extravaganza will be at the African Crested Porcupine Exhibit every Saturday in July at 1:30pm. Join us for a special enrichment feeding and meet our pair of porcupines Mr. P and Pumpkin and of course their awesome keepers too!

Did you know that the African Crested Porcupine is the largest species of porcupine in the world? They also, contrary to what many believe, do not "shoot" their quills at their enemies but instead puff themselves up and stomp their feet when threatened.


to view our 2015 monthly enrichment calender

Upcoming Events


Saturday, July

25, 2015

11:00am - 4:00pm, Americas Wetlands

Want to learn more about all of the cool insects that you live with? At Insect Awareness Day you will discover a variety of insects that you can find in your own backyard. Learn how to help protect them and create environments that they will love. Interactive games and activities will leave you with a desire to learn about these cool insects long after you leave the Zoo.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

11:00am - 4:00pm, Indo-Malaya Boardwalk

Did you know that tigers are declared a critically endangered species and that the wild tiger population is fewer than 3,200 with only, approximately, 350 Sumatran tigers left in the wild? The tiger populations are threatened by habitat loss and degradation, poaching, tiger-human conflict, loss of prey and other factors. Join us for Tiger Awareness Day and find out how YOU can commit to conservation efforts to help this extremely endangered species at home and abroad. Drop by our Sumatran Tiger Exhibit for tiger enrichment, interpretive stations, artifacts and colouring sheets. PLUS enjoy a special training demonstration at 2:30pm at the Sumatran Tiger Exhibit.

*Subject to change without notice





9:00am to 7:00pm, daily
Last admission's one hour before closing.
The Toronto Zoo is open year round

(except Dec. 25th).

Member Exclusive Early Giant Panda viewing:

 8:30am - 9:00am, daily


General Admission (13-64): $28
Seniors (65+): $23
Children (3-12): $18
Children (2 and under): FREE

Members: FREE


Prices include tax as applicable
Parking is $12 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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