Three Toronto Zoo elephants’ retirement day is nearing, and trio plan to do what many retiring Canadians do – move to the sunny south. Iringa, 42, Toka, 41, and Thika, 31, will be leaving the Toronto Zoo and heading to the PAWS (Performing Animal Welfare Society) sanctuary in San Andreas, California.
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Pretty sure this isn’t what Steve Jobs had in mind when he introduced the iPad into the world, but he probably would approve nonetheless. The Toronto Zoo reports that they are close to acquiring an iPad for their Orangutans to use at their facility.
It was reported last week the the Toronto Zoo was close to acquiring a couple of pandas from China to exhibit at their zoo. The Toronto Star is now reporting that the deal is done and the zoo will have the pandas for five years, starting next year.
The much-maligned Toronto Zoo might have a couple of furry saviours on the way from the Far East. The zoo, which has suffered declining attendance the past two years along with budget cuts, seems to be on the verge of setting up a panda exhibit.
The embattled Toronto Zoo has found itself in the middle of another controversy. The elephant in the room this time are actually elephants. The aging elephants in question, Iringa, 42; Toka, 41; and Thika, 31, are supposed to be getting prepared to move to the PAWS sanctuary in California, but their keepers at the Toronto Zoo are starting to interfere with the process.
It appears that Toronto area zoos could become extinct in the near future. On Tuesday, the City Manager of Toronto, Joe Pennachetti, recommended numerous budget cuts for the city, among them a recommendation that the city and its taxpayers stop funding the Toronto Zoo, Riverdale Farm, the High Park Farm, and Far Enough Farm.
During a trip to the Toronto Zoo last week I was lucky enough to catch one of their female Polar Bears swimming under the water.
The Toronto Zoo has received some not-so-positive press as of late due to the controversy over their dwindling elephant population (the board has since voted on getting out of the elephant business). Couple that with a 12% decrease in attendance at the zoo last year, and things aren’t looking too sunny for the Toronto Zoo. Enter Shaker, Flap, Pedro and nine friends to save the day.
Are you in the market for an elephant – or three?! If so, you are in luck, as it appears that the Toronto Zoo may be forced to give away their remaining elephant herd. The three female elephants (Toka, Thika and Iringa) are all that remains of what was once a 10 elephant herd.