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TORONTO ZOO RELEASES OVER 6,000
PUERTO RICAN CRESTED TOAD TADPOLES
BACK INTO THE WILD



Photo Credit: C. Moorcroft, Toronto Zoo

TORONTO, JULY 6, 2016 - The Toronto Zoo is proud to announce that the 2016 Puerto Rican crested toad breeding program, which began onMay 3, 2016, was extremely successful with over 6,000tadpoles being sent to Puerto Rico late today. The tadpoles will be released in a private natural reserve near Arecibo in northern Puerto Rico tomorrow, July 7, 2016.

The Puerto Rican crested toad is listed as a Critically Endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and is found only in Puerto Rico. In collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP), tadpoles hatched at the Toronto Zoo are released in Puerto Rico each year for the purposes of sustaining and rebuilding the wild population.

The SSP for the Puerto Rican crested toad was developed, in part, to reintroduce the species back into the wild. The Toronto Zoo has been an active participant in the breeding program for over 30 years. We are proud to announce that, with the addition of this year's tadpoles, the Toronto Zoo has contributed a total of 146,586 Puerto Rican crested toads beingreleased back into the wild.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Toronto Zoo's Puerto Rican Crested Toad Breeding Program.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Puerto Rican crested toad.


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Go Tours Canada is bringing their award winning experience to the Toronto Zoo for special summer tours. This is your opportunity to travel the Zoo in a brand new way... on a Segway PT!

This hour-long guided tour will take you through the Zoo's African Savanna as the sun sets for an unforgettable educational experience. The program includes Segway PT operation training for all participants and the opportunity to discovery Zoo animals from a unique perspective.

CLICK HERE for details on the NEW Sunset Segway Tours at the Zoo



       

CURRENT ZOO HOURS :



9:00 am - 7:00 pm daily

Last admission one hour before closing.
The Toronto Zoo is open year round (except Dec. 25th).

ADMISSION FEES :


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 Amanda Chambers at (416) 392-5974.

Events and admission prices subject to change without notice.



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The Toronto Zoo is Canada’s premier zoo and a national leader in saving wildlife to ensure the rich diversity of nature for future generations. More than a tourist attraction, the Toronto Zoo boasts a number of leading programs for helping wildlife and their natural habitats – from species reintroduction to reproductive research. A world-class educational centre for people of all ages, the Toronto Zoo is open every day except December 25 and attracts approximately 1.3 million visitors each year.

Toronto Zoo is accredited by CAZA (Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums) and AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums). Look for these logos whenever you visit a Canadian zoo as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. For more information, visit caza.ca and aza.org

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