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UNIQUE ENDANGERED FISHES BRED AT TORONTO ZOO


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TORONTO, ON, Thursday, September 15, 2016: The Toronto Zoo is proud to announce that the critically endangered Ptychochromis (tie-ko-chrome-us) insolitus (P. insolitus) have successfully been bred for the first time in Canada.

In September of 2014, Tim 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. On McCaskie's fourth field session 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 extremely rare P. insolitus a small perch-like fish was confirmed by McCaskie to be breeding in a protected Madagascar conservation facility.

A small number of P. insolitus, along with five other rare Madagascar fishes, were brought to Toronto Zoo in September of 2014 from a conservation aquaculture facility in Madagascar. This facility is a pilot project supported by Toronto, London and Dr. Loiselle of New York Aquarium. The Toronto Zoo is the only accredited facility internationally to have a living population of this species. Now, the Toronto Zoo is proud to announce that the critically endangered P. insolitus have successfully been bred for the first time in Canada.

Eggs of the P. insolitus were observed as having been laid on Saturday, August 13, 2016, and just a short 48 hours later on Monday, August 15, 2016 hatchlings were confirmed by Curatorial Keeper, Fishes & Marine Invertebrates, Brian Telford, Toronto Zoo. The P. insolitus hatchlings spent their first week safely secured or 'stuck' to the bottom of the tank among gravel, which is what happens in the wild for protection against predators. The hatchlings, now over a month old, are healthy and thriving in their very own nursery that is currently in quarantine and closely monitored by Zoo staff.

"International partnerships will make a difference as biologists attempt to conserve habitats and the species that rely upon them," says C. Lee, Curator of Fishes & Marine Invertebrates, Toronto Zoo. "Our work in Madagascar is critical as watersheds face challenges very similar to those in North America. Sharing resources, expertise, and a keen understanding of the urgency motivate all of us to participate."

The Toronto Zoo has been part of a conservation program for Madagascar fishes since 2004. Field work and Toronto Zoo's international partnerships are making a significant contribution to fisheries conservation. Please note the fish nursery is currently in quarantine and cannot be viewed by media or the public.

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Toronto Zoo Media Contacts:

Katie Gray, Supervisor of Public Relations and Events
kgray@torontozoo.ca or #416-392-5941

Amanda Chambers, Public Relations and Events Associate
achambers@torontozoo.caor #416-392-5974


UPCOMING GRRREAT EVENTS AT THE ZOO!


RED PANDA DAY
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17


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Did you know the red panda is the "original" panda, discovered almost 50 years before the giant panda? Join us this Saturday, September 17 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm to learn all about these unique creatures, native to the temperate forests of the Himalayas, and find out how you can help save them with games and educational activities throughout the day. Plus, bid on fun prizes in a panda-themed silent auction, including a painting created by one of our very own red pandas! All proceeds support the Red Panda Network, an organization committed to the conservation of wild red pandas and their habitat.


WORLD RHINO AWARENESS DAY
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18


Photo Credit: Toronto Zoo

Did you know the red panda is the "original" panda, discovered almost 50 years before the giant panda? Join us this Saturday, September 17 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm to learn all about these unique creatures, native to the temperate forests of the Himalayas, and find out how you can help save them with games and educational activities throughout the day. Plus, bid on fun prizes in a panda-themed silent auction, including a painting created by one of our very own red pandas! All proceeds support the Red Panda Network, an organization committed to the conservation of wild red pandas and their habitat.



       

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9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. weekends/holidays

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

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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.

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