Category Archive: Blanding’s Turtles

It is an amazing time to be a Blanding’s Turtle at the Toronto Zoo!

Our headstart Blanding’s turtle project is doing swimmingly! 2014 was a great success, with 41 successfully hatched Blanding’s turtles that are scheduled for release in the summer of 2016.  To date we have… Continue reading

We Released The Baby Blanding’s!

On June 30, 2014 the Toronto Zoo’s Adopt-A-Pond Wetland Conservation Programme, Parks Canada, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and Earth Rangers, reintroduced 10 headstart  baby Blanding’s turtles back into the wild in the future Rouge… Continue reading

Imperilled Turtles

Written by Don Scallen, Tuttle Tallier, Primary Science Teacher, Naturalist. Taken from In The Hills Magazine Seven of Ontario’s eight native turtle species are considered “at risk,” “threatened” or “endangered.” Turtles are almost certainly… Continue reading

Colin’s healthy and on the move in Rouge Park.

Colin, our research Blanding’s turtle, has had his yearly health check and is back on the move in Rouge Park. Radio-tracking of a single juvenile Blanding’s turtle, named Colin, continues in Rouge Park’s… Continue reading

Turtle Troubles are Back at the Ostrander Point Wind Farm Site

In February 2014 an Ontario court ruled that the environmental tribunal, whom reviewed the assessment of threats to the Blanding’s turtle population at Ostrander Point, made a mistake when it rejected a proposed… Continue reading

Celebrate March Break at the Toronto Zoo with Parks Canada! March 8th to Sunday March 16th, 2014

Saturday March 8th to Sunday March 16th, 2014 Parks Canada Event Hours 10:00am to 4:00pm Zoo March Break Hours 9:30am to 6:00pm (last admission 5pm) On hand for the fun will be our… Continue reading

Blanding’s Headstart Update at the 1.5 Year Mark

All of our 32 headstart Blanding’s turtles are doing very well! When our little guys hatched their average weight was around 10g. Today the 6 month olds weigh a healthy 17g, and the… Continue reading

Get Kids Thinking About Nature! Resources for Teachers

Want see what life is like living as a turtle?  Try out this online game designed to show you what it’s like living in a turtle’s shell. Be a Blanding’s or a Painted… Continue reading

Turtles are Hatching!

A new clutch of head-start Blanding’s turtles started hatching at the Toronto Zoo on August 6th! Blanding’s turtles, a threatened species in Ontario, are decreasing due to the destruction of their wetland habitat,… Continue reading

Nature Wins in Ontario

Green energy sources, like wind farms, are fantastic solutions for make our communities more environmental. However, if their construction comes at a price of destroying valuable habitat and wildlife, it defeats their purpose. … Continue reading