Weekly Media Send Outs
TORONTO ZOO AND CRIME STOPPERS RECEIVE FIRST EVER COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP AWARD
Former President of the OACS, Dave Forster, now President of the Canadian Association of Crime Stoppers, attended the Crime Stoppers International (CSI) Conference in Trinidad October of 2016. At this conference Crime Stoppers Ontario Association was awarded the first ever Community Partnership Environmental Award in CSI history. Recognized were the Toronto Zoo, OACS and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry for their ongoing work raising awareness of the illegal wildlife trade in Canada, focusing on the illegal harvest and trade of turtles. Wildlife trafficking crimes are on par with the illegal trade in guns, drugs and people, and are estimated to be worth as much as $30 billion a year.
On Thursday, 2016-01-19 Dave Forster, President of The Canadian Association of Crime Stoppers and Paula Norlock, Provincial Enforcement Specialist, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Enforcement Branch presented John Tracogna, Chief Executive Officer Toronto Zoo with the award. Joining Mr. Tracogna for the presentation were Dr. Andrew Lentini, Curator Reptiles and Amphibians and Cassandra Thompson, Multimedia Marketing Coordinator at the Toronto Zoo.
Since 2015, the Toronto Zoo and OACS have worked side by side through an innovative advertising campaign, which focuses on the illegal harvest and trade of turtles. This initiative is aimed at educating and encouraging individuals to help put an end to this disturbing crime. Endangered animals and plants, like our Blanding’s turtles, are often the target of wildlife crime because of their rarity and increased economic value. The illegal trade in wildlife can have devastating impacts on the sustainability of wildlife populations.
Left to Right: C. Thompson, Toronto Zoo, Dr. A. Lentini, Toronto Zoo, P. Norlock, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, J. Tracogna, Toronto Zoo & D. Forster, Canadian Association of Crime Stoppers
For more information on the Toronto Zoo and Crime Stoppers Partnership
OUR NEWEST ARRIVAL OF 2017
IS A SOUTHERN GROUND HORNBILL CHICK!
For Video of the Southern Ground Hornbill Chick
Born to mom Catelyn and dad Biko, this is their fifth successful hatching since arriving at the Toronto Zoo. This chick was first observed on January 2 and was thought to be only one to two days old. This species nests in a large hollow nest log, which makes it difficult to observe the chick, but our keepers were able to sneakily catch this video of them.
Southern ground hornbills are listed internationally as Vulnerable, but are Endangered in South Africa. This species is bred at the Zoo as part of a captive-breeding program known as a Species Survival Plan®.
HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR 2017
SATURDAY, JANUARY 28
Celebrate the Year of the Rooster this Saturday by stopping by to visit our Giant Pandas,
Da Mao, Er Shun, Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue!
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CURRENT ZOO HOURS :
9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily
Last admission one hour before closing.
The Toronto Zoo is open year round (except Dec. 25th).
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 $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