Here’s a video of the little cub playing in his outdoor den for the first time:
Watch a video of a polar bear cub taking his first steps at the Toronto Zoo.
The cub was born on November 9, 2013 and is making great progress. His achievements include:
- Standing on all four legs and taking steps forward.
- Learning to lap up milk formula from a dish
- Teething – his canines, incisors, and some of his molars can now be felt. He likes to bite objects like his blanket.
- Playing – he is quite active, and he is interacting with his surroundings.
- Gaining weight – he currently weighs about 4.5 kg, which is a 529% increase since his original birth weight of 700 grams.
Learn more at the Toronto Zoo website.
Toronto Zoo welcomed a baby Masai giraffe last month. The female calf was named Mstari (pronounced mi-starry), which means “stripes” in Swahili, after her late father who was called Stripes. The baby giraffe and her mother Twiga are doing very well.
“The Toronto Zoo is part of the Masai Giraffe Species Survival Plan (SSP) and the birth of this calf is very important to the North American captive population”, says Maria Franke, Toronto Zoo Curator of Mammals. This is the 17th Masai giraffe born at the Toronto Zoo.
Photo by Ken Ardill, Toronto Zoo.
Twiga, a 23-year-old Masai giraffe at the Toronto Zoo gave birth yesterday to a baby female calf!
“The Toronto Zoo is part of the Masai Giraffe Species Survival Plan (SSP) and the birth of this calf is very important to the North American captive population,” says Maria Franke, Toronto Zoo Curator of Mammals.
To learn more about giraffes, see our giraffe facts page.
The conservation team at the Toronto Zoo successfully bred the critically endangered Puerto Rican crested toad. They shipped 26,000 tadpoles to Puerto Rico to be released into the wild.
“This is a very proud moment for our conservation team as it not only represents release of an endangered species but we also followed recommendations given to the Species Survival Plan which led to successfully breeding toads from the north and south of Puerto Rico,” said Bob Johnson, Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians.
“Traditionally, researchers have always kept and bred the north and south toads separately. This time, on the recommendation of Canadian research geneticist Kaela Beauclerc from Trent University, we are able to increase the genetic makeup of the resulting offspring”, explains Johnson.
Construction of the ZooShare Biogas Cooperative plant in Toronto will begin soon, and in 2012, excrement from Toronto Zoo animals like rhinos and bison along with food waste from a grocery retailer will produce 4 million kilowatt hours a year, enough energy to power 350 homes every day, for a year.
The process works when the waste and bacteria ferment and gas bubbles of methane come to the surface. The gas is captured and burned, producing energy.
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The Toronto Zoo is planning to convert the feces from the animals at the zoo into energy. The feces can be used to create methane, which can then be used to produce electricity.
In order to convert the feces into usable energy, the zoo must build a facility which would cost $13 million. By using the electricity produced by the facility and selling the excess electricity, zoo officials believe they can make their money back in five years.
For more info: http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2008/11/15/zoo-poo.html