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Facility

Location: Toronto Zoo

Address:  2000 Meadowvale Rd, Toronto, Ontario, M1B 5K7, Canada

Telephone:  +1 416-392-5900 (general enquiry number)

Emails:  Various, see http://www.torontozoo.com/ContactUs.asp

Website:  http://www.torontozoo.com

Exhibit:  Tundra Trek

Bears

Aurora (female).  Born 2000 in the wild.   Arrived Toronto Zoo 18 February 2001.

Juno (female).  Born 11 November 2011 in Toronto Zoo.

Nikita (female).  Born 2000 in the wild.  Arrived at Toronto 18 February 2001.

Hudson (male).  Born 11 November 2011 in Toronto Zoo.

Humphrey (male).  Born 9 November 2013 in Toronto Zoo.

Details

Tundra Trek was opened in the Fall of 2009 and houses five species in addition to polar bears: lesser snow geese, snowy owls, European reindeer (caribou), Arctic foxes and Arctic wolves.  The site covers an area of 4.5 hectares (10 acres).  The polar bear site is over three times larger than the exhibit which it replaced.

We do not at present have specific measurements and other details of the polar bear facility.  Observation reveals a variety of substrates, including grass, rock and dirt and a large pool.  There are open views beyond the enclosure and there appear to be electric fences in place together with a variety of trees and shrubs. 

There are shelters for the bears, a waterfall and a maternity area.

Concerns

  1.  Captive breeding programme
  2.  We await more information on the size of the enclosure(s) and on other environmental factors.

We do not have details of thefeeding, exercise, medical and enrichment regimes at Toronto Zoo.

The video below was posted in February 2019 by the Zoo and gives a short introduction to the Zoo’s polar bear training regime.

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Page created 10 August 2019

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