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Wild For Life is the Toronto Zoo podcast that brings you behind the scenes and unveils the "hidden zoo." Each episode brings you information on the critical conservation work that protects endangered species and works to preserve biodiversity. You will hear from nutritionists, ecologists, veterinarians, social scientists, wildlife biologists, and more that are working hard to help protect wildlife from all over the world.

Wild For Life is the Toronto Zoo podcast that brings you behind the scenes and unveils the "hidden zoo." Each episode brings you information on the critical conservation work that protects endangered species and works to preserve biodiversity. You will hear from nutritionists, ecologists, veterinarians, social scientists, wildlife biologists, and more that are working hard to help protect wildlife from all over the world.
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Wild For Life is the Toronto Zoo podcast that brings you behind the scenes and unveils the "hidden zoo." Each episode brings you information on the critical conservation work that protects endangered species and works to preserve biodiversity. You will hear from nutritionists, ecologists, veterinarians, social scientists, wildlife biologists, and more that are working hard to help protect wildlife from all over the world.

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English


Episodes

WFL 13: Blanding’s Turtle Head Start Program At The Toronto Zoo With Paul Yannuzzi and Taylor Tabobondung

6/19/2019
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Today, I am speaking with Paul Yannuzzi and Taylor Tabobondung, who work at the Toronto Zoo as part of the Adopt-A-Pond - Blanding’s Turtle Head Start Programme and Turtle Island Conservation. Paul discusses how Blanding’s turtle eggs are rescued from the wild and brought into the Zoo to be reared for the next two years before the turtles are released back in the wild where they have a better chance of survival. Taylor discusses his role as the Indigenous liaison at the Zoo where he works...

Duration:00:43:18

WFL 12: Pygmy And River Hippos At The Toronto Zoo With Erica Jacques And Alison Babin

6/12/2019
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I had the pleasure to sit down with Erica Jacques, Zoo Keeper in the African Rainforest Pavilion, and Alison Babin, Zoo Keeper in the African Savanna, to discuss two species of hippos at the Toronto Zoo. These passionate Keepers give us the details about the personalities, husbandry, and conservation status of the pygmy and river hippos. I was really interested to know how each species uses its body form to take advantage of their habitat. For example, the pygmy hippo creates a series of...

Duration:00:37:52

WFL 11: Kangaroos And Their Walk-Thru At The Toronto Zoo With Zoo Keeper, Brent Huffman

6/5/2019
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On this week’s episode, I have a great conversation with Brent Huffman, a Zoo Keeper at the Toronto Zoo with 6 years of experience working with the Kangaroos. We sat down in the New Kangaroo Walk-Thru – Opening this Summer! - to find out more about this lovable animal from Australia. We discuss the differences between Kangaroos and Wallabies; Why Kangaroos are so similar to deer; and, how big an intact male Kangaroo can get…and I mean bodybuilder big!

Duration:00:38:09

WFL 10: Feeding The Animals At The Toronto Zoo With Nutritionists Jaap Wensvoort And Sarra Gourlie

5/29/2019
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Have you ever wondered how the Toronto Zoo feeds all of the animals their specific diets that will allow them to grow big and healthy? Well, I had the chance to sit down with the Zoo’s Nutritionist, Jaap Wensvoort, and the Zoo and Wildlife Foundation Nutrition Resident Sarra Gourlie to discuss how they develop balanced diets to ensure the optimal health and wellbeing of a wide variety of species. We also discuss the role nutrition takes when trying to figure out where to repopulate an area...

Duration:00:36:47

WFL 009: Behavioural Enrichment And Wild Encounters At The Toronto Zoo With Hollie Ross

5/22/2019
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Did you ever wonder why the Polar Bears have an empty barrel in their enclosures that they can fill up with water during play time? The barrel is part of the Polar Bears’ behavioural enrichment program to mimic the behaviours they would do in the wild. Behavioural Enrichment is part of the subject of today’s episode, where I sit down with Hollie Ross, the Acting Behavioural Husbandry Supervisor, to discuss programs that are in place to enrich the lives of the animals at the Toronto Zoo. It’s...

Duration:00:30:11

WFL 008: Green Initiatives And The Washed Ashore Program With Kyla Greenham

5/15/2019
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I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down with Kyla Greenham, Manager of Conservation Programs and Environment at the Toronto Zoo. Kyla and I discussed some of the many sustainable programs that are currently implemented at the Zoo. We also had the chance to discuss how the passion to be eco-friendly was initially driven by the staff at the Zoo a number of decades ago. That passion was the driving force for many programs mentioned in this episode and the new Washed Ashore – Art To Save The...

Duration:00:33:56

WFL 007: Bird Curation and Conservation with Dr. Kevin Kerr

5/8/2019
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Dr. Kevin Kerr, Curator of Birds and Invertebrates at the Toronto Zoo, joins me on the podcast to discuss the husbandry and conservation projects at the Zoo. If you are into birds, then this episode is for you!. Kevin talks about how species are chosen to be hosted at the Zoo; which species participate in the breeding programs; and, which species can be seen at the Zoo! He also talks about how some bird species are not visible to the public at the Zoo and why. We also have a discussion...

Duration:00:30:49

WFL 006: Protecting Rhinos with Rhino Keepers Angie Snowie and Deserrai Buunk

5/1/2019
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How do you care for 4,600 lbs Rhino at a Zoo? Angie Snowie and Deserrai Buunk are Rhino Keepers at the Toronto Zoo and sit down with me to discuss the care they provide the Greater One-Horned and White Rhinos. We learn about their nutrition, exercise, and parental care at the Zoo as well as the need to protect and conserve these spectacular creatures. Listen to the episode to find out more about the Rhinos at the Toronto Zoo and how you can help protect them in the wild.

Duration:00:42:58

WFL 005: Veterinary Care At The Toronto Zoo With Dr. Christopher Dutton

4/24/2019
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I have the pleasure to sit down with Dr. Christopher Dutton, the Head of Veterinary Services at the Wildlife Centre at the Toronto Zoo, to discuss how a small number of people work with each other, the keepers, and other staff members care for the many species at the Zoo. We discuss what it takes to become a Veterinarian of a variety of species; how the animals’ behaviour is conditioned to be examined without being immobilized; and, the new projects that Chris and his staff are undertaking...

Duration:00:31:09

WFL 004: Bat Conservation and Field Work with Eryk Matczak and Toby Thorne

4/17/2019
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Did you ever wonder what it’s like to track bats during the night in a forest? I sit down with Eryk Matczak and Toby Thorne, two native bat researchers at the Toronto Zoo, to discuss their field work during the summers where they track, catch and release and learn about the native bat species in Ontario. Eryk and Toby have a great passion for bats and are here to bust myths about bats and discuss how they are trying to learn more about bat ecology to help protect them.

Duration:00:33:25

WFL 003: Preserving Genetic Diversity In the Toronto Zoos Fertility Clinic With Dr. Gabriela Mastromonaco

4/10/2019
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My guest today is Dr. Gabriela Mastromonaco, the Curator of Reproductive Programs and Research at the Toronto Zoo. I sit down with Gaby to find out more about the “fertility clinic” of a number of species at the Zoo to help protect the genetic diversity of each species. During our chat, Gaby tells me about the Wood Bison Program to help repopulate the Bison population in Saskatchewan. The Zoo’s artificial insemination program has created at least 10 Bison that are kept at the Zoo. You...

Duration:00:33:42

WFL 002: African Penguins With Kim Welfle

4/3/2019
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Kim Welfle joins me on the podcast today to discuss the care and conservation of the African penguins at the Toronto Zoo. Kim is a Keeper Grade 3 who has been working in the African Savanna area for the past 6 years; however, she has worked at the Zoo since she was a teenager. Kim tells me about the penguins’ natural habitat along the coast of South Africa and how their habitat has shifted from the West to the East. The shift was caused because the penguin prey, sardines, shifted from West...

Duration:00:35:38

WFL 001: Toronto Zoo Conservation Programs With Andrew Lentini

3/27/2019
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I sit down with Andrew Lentini, the Interim Director of Conservation and Wildlife at the Toronto Zoo, to discuss how the Zoo leads in conservation projects locally and internationally using its facilities as a way to help protect species. Enjoy the show! Let us know what you thought about the show: On Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheTorontoZoo On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thetorontozoo/ On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheTorontoZoo/

Duration:00:29:47

Welcome To Wild For Life, A Toronto Zoo Podcast

3/5/2019
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We are proud to present to you our new podcast. This episode introduces the Wild For Life Podcast to augment the Zoo experience for everyone who visits the Toronto Zoo. I am your host, Andrew Lewin, and today I am joined by the CEO of the Toronto Zoo, Dolf DeJong. Dolf discusses what the Zoo is all about and his excitement for releasing this podcast to highlight the great conservation work done at this facility. Enjoy the show!

Duration:00:19:05