Ontario Blanding’s Turtles get a Head Start at Toronto Zoo
by KEN ARDILL, Zoo Photographer (Volunteer) ||
One day old and cute, cute, cute! It’s a Blanding’s Turtle, born at Toronto Zoo on August 6th! This medium-size species, found around the Great Lakes, has become endangered due to habitat loss, road-related mortalities, and large numbers of predators. Left alone, she may live 80 years or more. After a two-year head-start at the Zoo she’ll be released with her brothers and sisters into nearby Rouge Park. It’s just one of many programs by Toronto Zoo’s Adopt-A-Pond Programme aimed at species preservation.