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Colin’s Out for Spring

The Toronto Zoo Adopt-A-Pond Wetland Conservation Programme has been tracking a juvenile Blanding’s turtle named Colin since 2005. We have watched Colin grow up and he has become a real celebrity around the… Continue reading

Calling All Frog Watchers!

Early spring is the time for frogs to wake up from hibernation and start to call for a mate.  Wood frogs (Lithobates sylvaticus), spring peepers (Pseudacris crucifer) and northern leopard (Lithobates pipiens) frogs… Continue reading

Teachers Win Your Class a Free Trip to the Zoo!

WIN a Free Class Trip to the ZOO! Help celebrate the magnificent world of turtles with the Toronto Zoo’s Adopt-A-Pond Wetland Conservation Programme! Have your class create and decorate sculptural turtles using any… Continue reading

Adopt-A-Pond at the Cottage Life Show

Join Adopt-A-Pond at the Cottage Life Show April 5th to the 7th! You can get up close and personal with Ontario’s only venomous snake the Eastern Massasauga rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus)! Ontario, being the… Continue reading

The menu read: “to delight the palate, soup made from threatened freshwater turtles.”

  The sale of Species at Risk turtles for food has hit close to home. Da Zhao Jian, owner of Fortune Seafood Restaurant on Midland Ave. Scarborough (that’s only 10 minutes from the Toronto Zoo!)… Continue reading

Burlington’s Salamanders

Original article by Erin Criger of City News Toronto Can large cities help out our little amphibian friends? Well the City of Burlington sure is! Burlington is helping the Endangered Jefferson salamander (Ambystoma… Continue reading

Meet the Ontario Wood Turtle

Wood turtles (Glyptemys insculpta) are Ontario’s most terrestrial turtle. At full size they are a little bit smaller than a football, with bright orange legs and a rugged, angled shell. These unique turtles… Continue reading

Adopt-A-Pond Meets Up With FOCA

On March 2nd Adopt-A-Pond’s Wetland Biologist, Shannon, and Stewardship Coordinator, Crystal, attended the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations (FOCA) AGM and spring seminar. FOCA is the pre-eminent Ontario-wide organization representing cottagers and permanent… Continue reading

Lorie’s Snapping Turtle

Check out this great article featured in The Country Connection magazine.  Find out about Lorie’s experience as she gets up close and personal with a mama Snapping Turtle for the first time! Her apprehension turns… Continue reading