When last we brought the Toronto Zoo to your attention, it was to outline how the gigantic park was building a $13 million facility that would transform animal poo into usable electricity via bacteria. Today's post is like that 2008 article, except it has nothing to do with poo or electricity or bacteria, and instead is about baby lemurs and baby polar bears and how you should indulge in some Canada travel so you can go see them. So really, more different than the same.
Via Zooborns we learn that there's a new ring-tailed lemur on display with mom Lily. The little baby is set to stop clinging to mom's chest and go exploring any day now, which means that visitors will soon be able to see something very small and very cute learning how to swing and jump. In the meantime we've embedded a video below showing what the last month has been like, with the baby hanging on for dear life.
The Toronto Zoo's webpage is here. Among other things it has a narrative about what happened when one of their polar bears, Aurora, rejected the three cubs she gave birth to last October. Zookeepers managed to swoop in and eventually save one of the cubs, and have been raising it ever since. The relevant video galleries and photo galleries of the guy growing up are here and here.
The zoo is the largest one in Canada, stretching across 710 acres (by comparison, our beloved San Diego Zoo, which is considered a global leader in best practices, is a mere 100 acres). The park provide a home to over 16,000 animals across 491 different species, with the park itself divided into regions: Indo-Malaya, Africa, Americas, Tundra Trek, Australasia, Eurasia and the Canadian Domain.
Until you can get there, here are videos of the new baby lemur and the ever-so-slightly-older baby polar bear. Happy Friday: