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Threatened Blanding’s Turtles Released In Rouge National Urban Park

A collaborative initiative co-led by Parks Canada and the Toronto Zoo, added 48 juvenile Blanding’s turtles to Rouge National Urban Park today as part of recovery efforts to support this threatened species in the Greater Toronto Area. This release also commemorates National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21 which acknowledges the heritage, cultures and achievements of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Turtles appear in many traditional teachings and Creation stories. Parks Canada and the Toronto Zoo are proud to help reintroduce “the turtle with the sun under its chin,” into Rouge National Urban Park.

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OKC ZOO ANNOUNCES BIRTHS OF TWO THREATENED REPTILE SPECIES

Births of Eastern massasauga rattlesnake snakelets and black tree monitor hatchlings contribute to the conservation of these rare reptiles.

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YOUR TORONTO ZOO CELEBRATES CONSERVATION BREEDING SUCCESS OF THE BUTCHERBIRD

Your Toronto Zoo is excited to announce that our Eastern Loggerhead Shrike Canadian Conservation Breeding Program has welcomed hatchings. Your Toronto Zoo has a long and proud history connecting people, animals and conservation science to fight extinction and this flagship Canadian endangered species exemplifies the importance of cultivating a world where wildlife and wild spaces thrive. Known as the Butcherbird, for their behaviour of impaling food on sharp objects such as thorns and barbed wire, these Robin sized birds are at risk and need our help for a brighter future.

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YOUR TORONTO ZOO IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE ENDANGERED MASAI GIRAFFE MSTARI IS EXPECTING HER SECOND CALF

In celebration of Mother’s Day, your Toronto Zoo is excited to announce that endangered Masai giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) Mstari is expecting her second calf! Mstari is six months into her 13- to 16-month-long pregnancy, or just past the first trimester. Conceived at the beginning of November 2020, the calf is expected to arrive in early 2022 - there is considerable difficulty in pinpointing a due date since giraffe pregnancies can range from 400-488 days in length. Your Toronto Zoo is part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Masai Giraffe Species Survival Plan (SSP), a cooperative breeding program among accredited zoos that recommended the pairing of Kiko and Mstari. The future second-time parents are mom Mstari, born October 17, 2013 at the Toronto Zoo, and dad Kiko, born October 22, 2012 at the Greenville Zoo in South Carolina. Your Toronto Zoo has raised 20 giraffes since 1974 with this upcoming birth being the second third-generation Toronto-born giraffe. Before breeding introductions took place last fall, keepers began collecting fecal samples to track Mstari's progesterone (pregnancy hormone) levels. Breeding was observed between Kiko and Mstari in October and early November, 2020. A lack of breeding activity at the end of November was the first sign of a suspected pregnancy, and confirmation was received on February 24, 2021 when the Toronto Zoo’s Reproductive Sciences branch detected elevated fecal progesterone levels.

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Utica Zoo receives X-Ray Equipment

Utica Zoo receives x-ray equipment from Mohawk Valley Health Systems; increases care options for animals

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Zoo Knoxville's $18M Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Campus Now Open

Zoo Knoxville has just opened its new Clayton Family Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC) Campus, a state-of-the-art facility that focuses on world-class conversation. The ARC Campus spans 2.5 acres, is home to more than 85 species, and is the largest project in the zoo's history.

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YOUR TORONTO ZOO NAMED ONE OF CANADA’S GREENEST EMPLOYERS FOR 2021

Your Toronto Zoo is proud to be named as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for 2021. Launched in 2007, this award recognizes employers with interesting environmental programs and Earth-friendly policies that actively involve their employees.

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Lion Country Safari Welcomes Baby Zebra

Largest Zebra Herd on Record in the Country Grows by One.

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Utica Zoo goes beyond awareness for children with Autism visiting the zoo

https://lite987.com/autistic-twins-receive-special-gift-after-sensory-overload-at-the-utica-zoo/ Parents with twin daughters who are autistic tried to visit the zoo; it didn't work so they were given day passes to try again another day. Mother posted on FB and it received 3,086 shares and over 2.3K reactions. The media picked it up

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TORONTO ZOO ANNOUNCES HOPEFUL PREGNANCY OF ENDANGERED AMUR TIGER

Your Toronto Zoo is excited to announce that female Amur tiger Mazyria, affectionately known to Zoo staff and volunteers as “Mazy”, is believed to be pregnant. Hormone levels suggest that she is in the final stages of pregnancy; however, there is still the possibility that this is a pseudopregnancy (all of the signs of pregnancy, but without any babies). Mazyria, born at Granby Zoo in 2007, was introduced to male tiger Vasili, born at Calgary Zoo in 2012, this past January. Hormone monitoring confirmed they successfully bred January 17 and 18. Amur tiger pregnancies can range from 93 to 112 days in length, making it difficult to pinpoint a due date.

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TORONTO ZOO WELCOMES BIRTH OF CRITICALLY ENDANGERED MADAGASCAR SPIDER TORTOISES

Your Toronto Zoo is thrilled to announce two baby Madagascar spider tortoises have successfully hatched. After an extensively monitored incubation period, these are only the second and third hatchings of the species at the Toronto Zoo, the first being in 2020.

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Museum of Life and Science announces Carrie Heinonen as President and CEO

The Museum of Life and Science is pleased to announce that it has appointed Carrie Heinonen as its next President and Chief Executive Officer.

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Mississippi Aquarium Releases Ten Rehabilitated Sea Turtles

Mississippi Aquarium successfully rehabilitated and released ten endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles into the Gulf of Mexico on Friday, March 26, 2021.

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Mississippi Aquarium's Sand Tiger Shark Returns to the Main Campus After Successful Novel Surgery

Mississippi Aquarium's sand tiger shark has returned to the main habitat. The shark has been recovering after undergoing a novel spinal surgery performed by Mississippi Aquarium veterinary staff along with other human and veterinarian colleagues.

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Mississippi Aquatic Institutions Selected to Treat Rescued Endangered Sea Turtles

Mississippi Aquatic Institutions Selected to Treat Rescued Endangered Sea Turtles Mississippi Aquarium and IMMS Collaborate with NOAA

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Museum of Life and Science head Barry Van Deman announces departure

Barry A. Van Deman announced last week that he is leaving the Museum of Life and Science as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective December 31, 2020, following 16 years at the helm of the popular Durham attraction.

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Mississippi Aquarium Welcomes Dolphins to Their Campus

Mississippi Aquarium welcomes home four bottle nose dolphins home.

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YOUR TORONTO ZOO’S SCIENTISTS WORK TO OPTIMIZE EMBRYO TRANSFER TECHNIQUES TO FIGHT EXTINCTION

Your Toronto Zoo’s Reproductive Sciences team has been working on optimizing embryo transfer techniques in wood bison along with our collaborators at the University of Saskatchewan.

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TORONTO ZOO’S POLAR BEAR RECEIVES PROMOTION TO HONORARY MASTER CORPORAL

Our five year old polar bear got a promotion in the Canadian Army and is now considered an Honorary Master Corporal.

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Mississippi Aquarium Performs Novel Spinal Surgery on Shark

Mississippi Aquarium Veterinary Team along with industry colleagues perform novel spinal surgery on sand tiger shark.

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Beloved Bird Returns Home Thanks to Lifesaving Care at the National Aviary

When Joanie the Wattled Curassow showed signs of feeling unwell, National Aviary veterinarians designed a customized treatment plan to help her recover

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AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC ANNOUNCES NEW CEO DR. PETER KAREIVA

The Aquarium of the Pacific has announced the appointment of Dr. Peter Kareiva as its new president and CEO beginning on August 1, 2020. Current President and CEO Dr. Jerry R. Schubel will retire from the Aquarium on July 31, 2020.

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A Labor of Love Helps a Very Important Penguin Return Home

The return of an endangered penguin to her home at the National Aviary following a long illness was a success story months in the making

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