Weekly Media Send Outs
THE TORONTO ZOO IS OPEN THIS
FAMILY DAY WEEKEND
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17 TO MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2018
Add some wild to your Family Day Weekend and bring your family to meet ours including the Western lowland gorillas, polar bears, orangutans and more! Take in one of our daily Keeper Talks, Carnivore Feedings, visit our tropical pavilions or grab a hot chocolate and walk along our many scenic trails. Also, don’t miss your chance to see the Giant Panda Family, Da Mao, Er Shun and cubs Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue, before their exhibit closes to the public on March 18th.
What’s new at the Zoo for Family Day?
- Drop by and meet one of our newest Zoo family members, our adorable male greater one-horned rhino calf, daily from 11:30am-1:30pm, who needs your help in naming him*.
- Also the aldabra tortoises are back and bigger than ever. Visit them in the African Rainforest Pavilion, where they share a unique home with our ring-tailed lemur family.
- And don’t forget the Asian carp! They’re Big, They’re Bad and They’re Ugly and they are the newest exhibit at the Zoo. The first of its kind in Canada, this exhibit houses two species, bighead and grass Asian carps! Visit them in the Indo-Malaya Pavilion.
- Drop by our new Wildlife Health Centre for Volunteer-led guided tours at 12:30 pm daily. Guests should meet at the Tundra Trek Zoomobile Station where a sign has been posted.
SUPPORTING RHINOS “ONE NAME” AT A TIME
On Sunday, December 24, 2017, the Toronto Zoo’s seven year-old female white rhinoceros (ceratotherium simum) gave birth to a male rhino calf at 10:45 pm. Then, on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 11:04 am Ashakiran, a 13 year-old female greater one-horned rhinoceros (rhinoceros unicornis), gave birth to a male calf which also happened to be the first birth of 2018 at the Toronto Zoo! These recent births are very important for rhino conservation as the white rhinoceros is listed as Near Threatened and the greater one-horned rhino as Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Declined to near extinction in the early 1900’s the greater one-horned rhino was once listed as Endangered however, with conservation efforts and strict protection, it was down listed to Vulnerable.
What is up next for our two rhino calves? A rhino naming of course! On Wednesday, February 14, 2018 the Toronto Zoo launched “Name Our Baby Rhinos” at torontozoo.com. People can vote for their favourite rhino names picked especially for each calf by their Wildlife Care keeping staff:
Drop by and visit our greater one-horned rhino in his indoor habitat starting Thursday, February 15, 2018 daily from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Our white rhino calf and his family will not be visible until Spring. Contest ends as of 11:59pm on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 and names will be announced on Friday, March 2, 2018. Vote at www.torontozoo.com/rhinocalves/?i=name
After each vote you will have the opportunity to donate to rhinoceros conservation at the Toronto Zoo and in the wild. These recent births are very important for rhino conservation because, currently, there are only approximately 3,500 greater one-horned rhinoceros in the wild and they are being greatly impacted by poaching, habitat degradation and human rhino conflict. There are approximately 19,682 – 21,077 white rhinos left in the wild due to the continued increase in poaching for their horn in the black market trade.
To help support rhino conservation:
* All free with Zoo admission. Subject to change without notice.
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