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Toronto Zoo

Location Toronto, Ontario, CAN
Land area 287 hectares (710 acres)
# of Animals 5,000
# of Species 460
Accreditations/
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CAZA
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The Toronto Zoo is a zoo located in the north eastern part of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It opened in 1974 as the Metropolitan Toronto Zoo and is owned by the City of Toronto; the word 'Metropolitan' was dropped from its name when the cities of the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto were merged to form the present-day City of Toronto. The zoo is located near the Rouge River. It is one of the day use areas of Rouge Park, one of Canada's largest urban natural environment parks, and is open every day except Christmas day. Image File history File links Toronto_zoo_logo. ... Template:Hide = Motto: Template:Unhide = Diversity Our Strength Image:Toronto, Ontario Location. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman - Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 106 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area [1] Ranked... Motto (Latin for From Sea to Sea) Anthem O Canada Royal anthem: God Save the Queen Capital Ottawa Largest city Toronto Official languages English, French Government Parliamentary democracy and federal constitutional monarchy  -  Monarch Queen Elizabeth II  -  Governor General Michaëlle Jean  -  Prime Minister Stephen Harper Establishment  -  Act of Union February... A hectare (symbol ha) is a metric unit of surface area, equal to 100 ares (the name is a contraction of the SI prefix hecto + are). ... An acre is the name of a unit of area in a number of different systems, including Imperial units and United States customary units. ... The hierarchy of scientific classification. ... Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) is a non-profit organization. ... Giraffes in Sydneys Taronga Zoo A zoological garden, zoological park, or zoo is a facility in which animals are confined within enclosures and displayed to the public, and in which they may also be bred. ... Template:Hide = Motto: Template:Unhide = Diversity Our Strength Image:Toronto, Ontario Location. ... The Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto was the name of the highest level of municipal government in the Toronto, Ontario area from 1954 to 1997. ... The Rouge River is a two river system Little Rouge and Rouge River in the east and the northeast parts of Toronto and begins at the Oak Ridges Moraine near Richmond Hill. ... Rouge Park is a large urban park located in east end Toronto. ...


Encompassing 287 hectares (710 acres), the Toronto Zoo is one of the largest in the world. It is divided into four zoogeographic regions with numerous indoor pavilions and outdoor exhibits. The zoo is home to over 5,000 animals representing over 460 distinct species. The hierarchy of scientific classification. ...


The zoo is accessible from Highway 401 (2 km away), or by TTC buses from Don Mills or Kennedy station. There was at one point a proposed extension of the TTC's Scarborough Rapid Transit line, which might have stopped at the zoo, but the plan was dropped because of the low demand and the high cost of running the Scarborough RT's linear induction motor-driven vehicles. “Macdonald-Cartier” redirects here. ... The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is a public transport authority that operates buses, streetcars, subways, and rapid transit lines in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ... Don Mills is a station on the Sheppard line of the Toronto subway. ... Kennedy is a station on the Bloor-Danforth and Scarborough RT lines of the Toronto, Ontario, Canada, subway system; it is a terminus for each line, which depart in opposite directions. ... The Scarborough RT (sometimes shortened to SRT or RT) is a public transport metro line in the Scarborough district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ...

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History

The Main Entrance to the Toronto Zoo
The Gorilla Rainforest exhibit
The Gorilla Rainforest exhibit

The evolution of the Toronto Zoo begins back in 1888 with the opening of the Riverdale Zoo. The old zoo was converted into an urban farm called Riverdale Farm. The Riverdale Zoo was a typical example of a zoo during this time, with animals displayed as curiosities in dark cages and cramped enclosures. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1280x960, 470 KB) Summary Picture of the Toronto Zoo (taken by submittor) Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1280x960, 470 KB) Summary Picture of the Toronto Zoo (taken by submittor) Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 821 KB) Summary A photo of the Gorilla Rainforest exhibit at the Toronto Zoo, the worlds largest indoor habitat for Lowland Gorillas. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 821 KB) Summary A photo of the Gorilla Rainforest exhibit at the Toronto Zoo, the worlds largest indoor habitat for Lowland Gorillas. ... Riverdale Farm is a 7. ...


It wasn't until 1963 when a private citizen's brief to build a new zoo was introduced. In 1966, eleven citizens met at City Hall to form the Metropolitan Toronto Zoological Society. In 1967, the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto approved the Rouge Park site in Scarborough for a new zoo. The following year, a Feasibility Study on the new zoo was submitted by architect Raymond Moriyama. Construction of the new zoo began in 1970. On August 15, 1974 the Metropolitan Toronto Zoo was open to the public. The zoo increased from 3 to nearly 300 hectares and is now one of the largest in the world. The Zoo introduced some innovative designs to enhance not only the public's viewing experience but also the animals' living comfort. Animals were displayed in naturalized environments and grouped according to their zoogeographic region. The Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto was the name of the highest level of municipal government in the Toronto, Ontario area from 1954 to 1997. ... Raymond Moriyama (b. ... is the 227th day of the year (228th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1976, the Zoo opened the Canadian Domain Ride, a monorail that travelled into the Zoo's Canadian Domain area, located in the Rouge Valley. The ride ceased operations in July 1994 after an accident. The monorail has since been dismantled and replaced by the Zoomobile, a tractor-pulled ride. (See Toronto Zoo Domain Ride.) To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Between 1980 and 1983 several new exhibits were added to the Zoo, including Gaur, a children's zoo (Littlefootland), a new indoor habitat for African Elephants and Snow Leopards. Binomial name Bos gaurus H. Smith, 1827 Range map The Gaur (IPA gauɹ) (Bos gaurus, previously Bibos gauris) is a large, dark-coated ox of South Asia and Southeast Asia. ... Distribution of Loxodonta africana (2007) Species Loxodonta adaurora (extinct) Loxodonta africana Loxodonta cyclotis African elephants are the two species of elephants in the genus Loxodonta, one of the two existing genera in Elephantidae. ... Binomial name Schreber, 1775 Range map Synonyms Panthera uncia The Snow Leopard (Uncia uncia[1] or Panthera uncia[3]), sometimes known as the Ounce, is a large cat native to the mountain ranges of central and southern Asia. ...


In 1985, Qinn Qinn and Shayan - a pair of Giant Pandas, on loan for three months from the Peoples' Republic of China were displayed at the Zoo. The Zoo broke all previous attendance records, as thousands of visitors came to see these rare animals. Over the years, the Zoo has presented other rare or unusual animals, including: Golden Monkeys (1986), Koalas (1988 and again in 1996), and White Lions (1995). Panda Bear redirects here. ... Type species Semnopithecus roxellana Milne-Edwards, 1872 Species Rhinopithecus roxellana Rhinopithecus bieti Rhinopithecus brelichi Rhinopithecus avunculus The snub-nosed monkeys are a group of Old World monkeys and make up the entirety of the genus Rhinopithecus. ... Binomial name (Goldfuss, 1817) The Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) is a thickset arboreal marsupial herbivore native to Australia, and the only extant representative of the family Phascolarctidae. ... The white lion is found in wildlife reserves in South Africa. ...


In 1998, with the amalgamation of the Metro Municipalities, the Zoo was officially renamed the Toronto Zoo. That same year, the Zoo opened the Africa Savannah exhibit, the largest expansion in its history. In 2000, the Zoo opened the Gorilla Rainforest, the world’s largest indoor habitat for Lowland Gorillas. The zoo's 'Splash Island' waterpark opened in 2002. This was followed by an open-air theatre in 2003 and the 'Kid's Zoo' in 2004 featuring exhibits geared to guests 10 and under. Type Species Troglodytes gorilla Savage, 1847 Species Gorilla gorilla Gorilla beringei The gorilla, the largest of the primates, is a ground-dwelling herbivore that inhabits the forests of Africa. ... Fun at a water park Aerial view of Sunway Lagoon, a popular Water Park in Malaysia. ...


The SARS crisis in 2003 had a devastating effect on the tourism industry in Toronto, including the Zoo. The Zoo’s attendance is slowly recovering from the after-effects of these events. Sars may refer to any of the following: Severe acute respiratory syndrome, commonly abbreviated as SARS Michael Sars, a Norwegian biologist, father of Georg Sars Georg Sars, a Norwegian biologist, son of Michael Sars Special Administrative Regions, commonly abbreviated as SARs Sars, Perm Krai, an urban settlement in Perm Krai...


Board of Management (2007)

  • Councillor Raymond Cho, Chair
  • Dr. Dudley Williams Mr. Peter Evans, Vice Chair
  • Councillor Glen De Baeremaeker
  • Councillor Norman Kelly
  • Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti
  • Councillor Mike Del Grande
  • Councillor Michael Thompson
  • Dr. Jay Naidoo

Toronto Zoo Vision: The Toronto Zoo is Canada's premier Zoo, known for its interactive education and conservation activities. As a unique wildlife experience, we inspire people to live in ways that promote the well being of the natural world.


Conservation

The Toronto Zoo spends considerable effort in conserving and propagating endangered species from around the world. Breeding captive wild animals is a difficult process but the zoo has had some successes.

  • 2001: the Toronto Zoo rescues two female Polar Bear cubs, later named Aurora & Nikita
  • 2003: three Sumatran Tigers were born at the zoo to parents Brytne and Rengat. They were the first of their kind to be born in Canada. This subspecies of tiger is critically endangered, with an estimated 400-500 remaining in the wild.
  • 2003: a Komodo Dragon was hatched for the first time in Canada.
  • 2003: the Toronto Zoo rescues a male Polar Bear cub, later named Inukshuk.
  • 2004: two female West African Dwarf Crocodiles successfully hatched on October 1.
  • 2005: a male Gorilla was born March 7, later named Sadiki.
  • 2006: a male Sumatran Orangutan was born January 18th. He was named Budi which means "The Wise One" in the Indonesian language.
  • 2006: a Two-Toed Sloth was born. This was the first birth of this species at the zoo.
  • 2006: 18 Vancouver Island Marmot pups were born. The Toronto Zoo was the first zoo to establish a captive-breeding program for these animals with the goal of releasing them back into their wild habitat.
  • 2006: two more Sumatran Tigers were born to the same parents as the 2003 litter. They were later named Kali and Indah which mean "River" and "Beautiful" in the Indonesian language.
  • 2006: five African Cheetah cubs were born.
  • 2006: four Golden Lion Tamarins were born.
  • 2006: one Matschie's Tree Kangaroo one of three born in North America in 2006.(New York Bronx Zoo, St. Louis Zoo and Toronto Zoo.)
  • 2007: two rare Snow Leopards were born on June 5th. This is the first birth in 13 years.
  • 2007: female Przewalski's Horse born June 22. This is the first birth in 15 years.

Binomial name Phipps, 1774 Polar bear range Synonyms Ursus eogroenlandicus Ursus groenlandicus Ursus jenaensis Ursus labradorensis Ursus marinus Ursus polaris Ursus spitzbergensis Ursus ungavensis Thalarctos maritimus The polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is a bear native to the Arctic. ... Trinomial name Panthera tigris sumatrae Pocock, 1929 The Sumatran Tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) is found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. ... Binomial name (Linnaeus, 1758) Historical distribution of tigers (pale yellow) and 2006 (green). ... Binomial name Ouwens, 1912 Komodo dragon distribution The Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis), also known as the Komodo Monitor[1], Komodo Island Monitor[1], Ora (to the natives of Komodo[2]), or simply Komodo, is the largest living species of lizard, growing to an average length of 2-3 metres (approximately... Binomial name Phipps, 1774 Polar bear range Synonyms Ursus eogroenlandicus Ursus groenlandicus Ursus jenaensis Ursus labradorensis Ursus marinus Ursus polaris Ursus spitzbergensis Ursus ungavensis Thalarctos maritimus The polar bear (Ursus maritimus) is a bear native to the Arctic. ... Type species Troglodytes gorilla Savage, 1847 distribution of Gorilla Species Gorilla gorilla Gorilla beringei The gorilla, the largest of the living primates, is a ground-dwelling omnivore that inhabits the forests of Africa. ... Binomial name Lesson, 1827 The Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii) is the rarer of the two species of orangutans. ... Binomial name Choloepus didactylus Linnaeus, 1758 Synonyms Bradypus didactylus Linnaeus, 1758 Linnaeuss Two-toed Sloth (Choloepus didactylus), also known as the Southern Two-toed Sloth, is a species of sloth from South America, found in Venezuela, the Guianas and Brazil north of the Amazon River. ... Binomial name Marmota vancouverensis (Swarth, 1911) The Vancouver Island Marmot (Marmota vancouverensis) is found only in the high mountainous regions of Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada. ... Trinomial name Panthera tigris sumatrae Pocock, 1929 The Sumatran Tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae) is found only on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. ... Binomial name (Schreber, 1775) Type species Acinonyx venator Brookes, 1828 (= Felis jubata, Schreber, 1775) by monotypy The range of the Cheetah The Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is a vulnerable member of the cat family (Felidae), a poor climber that hunts by speed and stealth. ... Binomial name (Linnaeus, 1766) The Golden Lion Tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia) also known as Golden Marmoset, is a small New World monkey of the family Cebidae. ... This Tree of Life article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Binomial name Schreber, 1775 Range map Synonyms Panthera uncia The Snow Leopard (Uncia uncia[1] or Panthera uncia[3]), sometimes known as the Ounce, is a large cat native to the mountain ranges of central and southern Asia. ... Trinomial name Equus ferus przewalskii (Poliakov, 1881) Range map Przewalskis Horse (Equus ferus przewalskii or Equus caballus przewalskii, classification is debated), pronounced in English as //, also known as the Asian Wild Horse or Mongolian Wild Horse, or Takhi, is the closest living wild relative of the domestic Horse. ...

Zoo Diaries

Zoo Diaries

Zoo Diaries is a Canadian documentary television series which airs on Life Network. The series documents the stories of people who work at the zoo. 65 episodes have been produced since 2000 by DocuTainment Productions. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


Zoo Diaries is an intense look at life behind the scenes at the Toronto Zoo. One of the world’s biggest, the Toronto Zoo has expanded its longstanding role as an exhibitor to devote more of its resources to protecting endangered species. Each episode of Zoo Diaries focuses on the relationship between the animals and their keepers, allowing viewers to experience what it’s like to bond with some of the world’s most exotic creatures.


Zoo Map

Map of the Toronto Zoo

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External links

  • Toronto Zoo
  • Toronto Zoo LiveJournal Community
  • Canadian Domain Ride Accident
  • Toronto Zoo Love - Livejournal Community
  • Toronto Zoo Photo Gallery

Coordinates: 43°49′13.00″N, 79°10′58.00″W Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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Toronto Zoo - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (784 words)
It opened in 1974 as the Metropolitan Toronto Zoo and is owned by the City of Toronto; the word 'Metropolitan' was dropped from its name when the cities of the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto were merged to form the present-day City of Toronto.
The zoo is accessible from Highway 401 located two km to the south, or by TTC buses from Don Mills or Kennedy station.
In 1998, with the amalgamation of the Metro Municipalities, the Zoo was officially renamed the Toronto Zoo.
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