TORONTO, ON, Thursday, September 24, 2020: Your Toronto Zoo and The University of Toronto Scarborough are proud to announce a five-year partnership between their organizations. This partnership was established upon shared complementary priorities in education and research in the areas of conservation and biodiversity, environmental sustainability and innovation. This agreement outlines the various projects The University of Toronto Scarborough and the Toronto Zoo wish to collaborate on including:

  • Explore the feasibility of establishing an institute for conservation and biodiversity research to generate, use, and share information, to support the conservation of wildlife, their habitats and behavioural ecologies.
  • Closer collaboration in research, innovation and development including defining collaborative research objectives in the field of conservation, environmental and biological science
  • Development of courses in various areas of study will be explored and the ability to leverage teaching facilities and other resources of both institutions to maximize their learning experience
  • Explore increasing the experiential learning experiences for students including internships, co-op placements, seasonal employment, and volunteer activities
  • Actively engage in the feasibility of a partnership involving the Toronto Zoo Community Conservation Campus (TZC3) – a gathering hub for our local community – at the Toronto Zoo that will additionally provide space for teaching and research.

An anchor institution in the eastern GTA, The University of Toronto Scarborough combines the intimacy of a close-knit campus, the breadth of humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences disciplines and rigor of one of the world’s best research universities. Fostering a vibrant culture of community engagement, The University of Toronto Scarborough students cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge. The dynamic campus life features more than 161 student groups. Located next to popular natural landmarks in Toronto’s greenest area, The University of Toronto Scarborough is situated in one of Toronto’s most diverse and multicultural neighbourhoods. New buildings by award-winning architects characterize The University of Toronto Scarborough’s transformational growth.

“This collaboration with the Toronto Zoo reflects our commitment to responsible stewardship of our natural resources and ecosystems, and is another example of what has earned as a global reputation for being at the forefront of knowledge co-creation, sharing, and dissemination that leverage our location and directly impact socio-economic development in our communities,” said Dr. Wisdom Tettey, Vice-President, University of Toronto, Principal, University of Toronto Scarborough Campus.

“Your Toronto Zoo’s mission is connecting people, animals and conservation science to fight extinction,” said Dolf DeJong, CEO, Toronto Zoo. “This established partnership with The University of Toronto Scarborough, a key Scarborough institution, is an exciting opportunity to collaborate on research and innovation in the fields of conservation, environmental and biological science to help us achieve our mission,” he added.

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Toronto Zoo Media Contact:

Katie Gray
Manager of Strategic Communications
[email protected]

The University of Toronto Scarborough Media Contact:

Janine Raftopoulos
Integrated Communications Advisor 
Marketing & Communications
[email protected]