TORONTO ZOO, ONE OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST, WORKS TO SAVE ENDANGERED SPECIES

Over the past ten years there’ve been many new arrivals at TORONTO ZOO, located on the doorstep of Canada’s newest and largest urban national park (Rouge National Urban Park). Among them – first birth of Sumatran tiger cubs in Canada; first hatchings of Komodo Dragons in Canada; two endangered Amur (Siberian) tiger cubs born; two rare snow leopard cubs born; Hudson the polar bear born; Mstari – the 17th Masai Giraffe born at the Toronto Zoo; Ngozi, a Western lowland gorilla gave birth to a healthy female baby in January; and Luke, a zebra foal arrived last November.

TORONTO ZOO’s Gabriela Mastromonaco is the only full-time reproductive physiologist in a Canadian zoo. She works with two permanent staff and a team of wildlife organizations, governments, universities, other zoos and researchers to help conceive healthy offspring.

PHOTOS BELOW – the Zoo’s Wildlife Health Centre

It’s easy to get to TORONTO ZOO – by car, from downtown, take the 401 Eastbound to Exit 389, Meadowvale Road.  Follow the Zoo signs to 361A Old Finch Avenue.  Large parking lot.
By TTC bus, take the subway (Sheppard Line) to DON MILLS STATION.  Bus #85 leaves from here, and will drop you in front of the Zoo entrance about 45 minutes later.  Along the way, you’ll pass through suburban Don Mills and Scarborough.

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