Have you ever heard of an Axolotl?

Photos licence The Axolotl is Mexico’s aquatic salamander that has a slimy tadpole looking tail, feathery gills that look like antlers, and mouth that curls into a smile. Many people recognize them in… Continue reading

World Wetlands Day This Sunday at the Toronto Zoo!

World Wetlands Day Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Americas Pavilion Come learn about where wetland creatures go in the winter! Celebrate the amazing world of wetland wildlife underneath the… 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

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Americas Pavilion

World Wetlands Day Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, Americas Pavilion While polar bears are enjoying the winter weather, ever wondered where wetland creatures go in the winter? Come celebrate… Continue reading

Team Effort to Airlift a Turtle to Peterborough

Original article taken from Ausable Bayfield Conservation Last spring Port Franks Ontario resident Bill Mallett found an injured 13-pound male snapping turtle injured on the road. The snapper, Mallett suitably named Porter, was… Continue reading

Turtle Eye Muscle Adapts to Shell Vision

University professor of pharmacological and physiological science, Michael Ariel, Ph.D., found an eye opening revelation while studying pond turtles over the last 25 years. When turtles pull their head into their shell you… Continue reading

Brandon Adopt-A-Pond’s High School Co-op

The Toronto Zoo is one of the most interesting and diverse places to do co-op! As a co-op student at Adopt-A-Pond I’ve done various tasks for different people in several departments. These tasks… Continue reading

A Fuzzy Airstrike on the Brown Tree Snakes (Boiga irregularis) of Guam

Brown tree snakes (Boiga irregularis) are an invasive species introduced to the island of Guam accidently through cargo ships in the late 1940’s. Today their population has reached unprecedented numbers, devastating the majority… Continue reading

What came first, the Dino or the Lizard?

The evolution of dinosaurs and lepidosaurs (predecessors of modern tuataras, lizards, and snakes) came from a reptile ancestor over 250 million years ago. Two main lineages came from that split, the archosaurs (ancestors… 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