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History of the Toronto Zoos through pictures. No affiliations with any zoos, just a fan of Riverdale Farm, High Park Zoo and Toronto Zoo
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Check out 10 polar bear surprising facts including Polar Bears travel over 3,000kms per month and can have home ranges that exceed 600,000 square kms (an area larger than California or the entire Yukon in one year!)
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Did you know February 27 is International Polar Bear Day!? To celebrate, here’s a polar bear in 1976 at the Metro Toronto Zoo (Ontario Archives)
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oldtorontozoo Feb 26
1975 ⁦⁩ article by ⁦⁦⁦⁩ about the new Toronto Zoo “The Toronto Zoo, was planned for the welfare of the animals“
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oldtorontozoo Feb 25
1978 saw the first wedding ever performed at the Metro Toronto Zoo when Sewdate Sharma married Chandroutie Pam Singh and Leon Paul Lange in a Hindu ceremony at the Indo-Malaysian Pavilion (Toronto Star Archives)
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oldtorontozoo Feb 23
1914 bird pictures from Riverdale Zoo. I think the pictures are a Pelican, blue herron and .... not sure the third one! (City of Toronto Archives)
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oldtorontozoo Feb 21
Bring in Dr. Seuss! 1977 Metro Toronto Zoo officials corralling every idea to get people out to the zoo. No, They didn’t end up getting a Torontopotamus.... (Toronto Star Archives)
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oldtorontozoo Feb 20
The Toronto Zoo over the years in maps - 1977, 1983, 1994 and 2020 (in order). I like the 1977 and 2020 maps the best! (Toronto Zoo)
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oldtorontozoo Feb 19
A couple March 1985 pictures at the Metro Toronto Zoo. You may recognize the 🌎 from the first picture because it’s still there! (City of Toronto Archives)
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oldtorontozoo Feb 18
Must of been a slow news day.. 1911 Toronto Star Article about an elephant at the Riverdale Zoo who pulled out his own tooth with his trunk! 🦷 🐘 take a read of the great description of the witness
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oldtorontozoo Feb 17
Happy Family Day! A baby rhino with his mom Pistol at the Toronto Zoo in this 1985 photo. The new baby gave the Toronto zoo seven white rhinocerouses. There have been only four rhinos born in Canada; three of them to Pistol
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oldtorontozoo Feb 15
Happy national 🦛 day! Here’s Apollo, born at The Riverdale Zoo in 1969 on the day of the moon landing. Apollo was the 🥇hippo born in Canada. Hippos are the 3rd largest land mammals after 🐘 & 🦏! (Toronto Star Archives)
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oldtorontozoo Feb 14
Sealed with a kiss: Nine year old Sarah Grahek delivered a Valentine's greeting to her favorite zoo animal yesterday, a 2 year old baby elphant named Tumpe who promptly thanked her with a big kiss (Toronto Star Archives)
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oldtorontozoo Feb 13
🐢 🐢 A couple of Aldabra tortoises hanging out at the Toronto Zoo in 1982. Male’s can weigh up to 550 pounds and female's can weigh up to 350 pounds! (Toronto Star Archives)
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oldtorontozoo Feb 12
1980 polar bear cub at the Metro Toronto Zoo. Picture is of either Sanikiluaq or Bisitik. Did you know polar bear cubs weigh just half a kilogram at birth!? (photo credit to TZfan from ZooChat)
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oldtorontozoo Feb 11
Happy International Day of Women and Girls in Science! Here’s a 1986 picture of vet Dr. Kay Mehren and zookeeper Gillian Dinnarr tending to 11 year old Tulip, a 700lbs tapir’s cracked toe (Toronto Star Archives)
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oldtorontozoo Feb 10
1946 pic of Mr.🦨 at the Riverdale Zoo. Hugh Halliday recovered the 🦨 from a pit in a garage and presented it to zookeeper Herb Southam. Not sure if anybody got sprayed from the 🦨! (Toronto Star Archives)
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oldtorontozoo Feb 8
In 1974, the first year the Toronto Zoo opened, visitors to the zoo would jump down or walk around a four-foot deep moat into the rhinoceros enclosure! Zoo officials had to do everything they could to stop it (Toronto Star Archives)
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oldtorontozoo Feb 7
Replying to @zooper173
That picture is 👌
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EvergreenDanse Feb 7
Have you ever saw this one 😍 the original gorilla crew with Linda 💛💛
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oldtorontozoo Feb 7
There is a real bond between zookeepers and the animals they look after. Here’s a 1977 picture of Barney, Toronto Zoos smallest gorilla at a mere 90 pounds giving keeper Linda Ervine a big hug (Toronto Star Archives)
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