When the Toronto Zoo first opened its doors in 1974 it was hailed as one of
the most innovative and forward-thinking zoos in the world. It didn’t take 40
years for the Toronto Zoo to reach this point, such status was anticipated from
the very beginning.
At the time the Zoo opened, our planet lost one or two species per year, and
now 40 years later, sadly the global extinction rate has soared to three
species lost per day. That is why the Toronto Zoo is here. For almost four
decades, millions of adults and children have visited the Toronto Zoo and have
seen firsthand the work that is done here. Today, with the support of our more
than 30,000 members, the Toronto Zoo remains a global leader in species
protection at home and abroad. The Toronto Zoo is much more than just a place to
see beautiful, exotic and endangered species. It is a place where animal health,
reproduction and species protection are advanced. It is also an experiential
school for wildlife preservation the likes of which has never been seen before
in Canada. Extinct is forever and the role of accredited zoos is critical to the
ongoing survival of thousands of species.