35 episodes

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.

    WFL 34: River Otters At The Toronto Zoo

    WFL 34: River Otters At The Toronto Zoo

    The river otters at the Toronto Zoo are always a highlight for me to visit because they are so cute and playful. It seems like they are always up to something, whether it is enjoying a treat, swimming alongside the viewing glass as people interact with them, or sliding on their bellies in the snow! I’m always curious about this species and its conservation story.
    Courtney Coons, Zookeeper, sat down with me to record our conversation on the river otters at the Toronto Zoo. We discussed behavioural husbandry and conservation, as well as how the two river otters at the Zoo behave when presented with different opportunities.

    • 33 min
    WFL 33: Social Media At The Toronto Zoo With Olivia Weaver And Cassandra Thompson

    WFL 33: Social Media At The Toronto Zoo With Olivia Weaver And Cassandra Thompson

    Do you like to look at cute and interesting animals on social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook? Or do you like to watch videos of animals on YouTube and maybe even listen about conservation initiatives linked to these important animals on podcasts like Wild For Life? Then you have probably come across the wonderful work of the two women I interviewed for today’s episode, Olivia Weaver and Cassandra Thompson. 
    In our interview, we discussed the strategy and logistics behind creating such wonderful, funny, and educational content for the Toronto Zoo’s audience. Olivia and Cassandra talk about how they leverage the passion of the Zoo staff to help them capture amazing videos and pictures of each animal to bring them to the audience. 
    Take a look at some of the Social Media Platforms from the Toronto Zoo:
    Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/TheTorontoZoo/
    Twitter Link: https://twitter.com/thetorontozoo
    Instagram Link: https://www.instagram.com/thetorontozoo/

    • 32 min
    WFL 32: The Hard-Working Naked Mole Rats At The Toronto Zoo With Ali Vella-Irving

    WFL 32: The Hard-Working Naked Mole Rats At The Toronto Zoo With Ali Vella-Irving

    Naked Mole Rats can freak people out by their looks; however, they are a very interesting species as they build intricate sets of tunnels and rooms that have specific purposes; they have a queen of their colony; and, they may benefit human health in the future. How. You ask? Well, you will have to listen to my interview with Ali Vella-Irving to find out. 
     
    Ali tells me all about the naked mole rats at the Toronto Zoo as we watch them move quickly within their clear acrylic tunnels working away like they always do. Come and take a listen with us.

    • 25 min
    WFL 31: How The Zoo Transfers Animals With Vicki Hardstaff

    WFL 31: How The Zoo Transfers Animals With Vicki Hardstaff

    Transferring animals from one zoo to another can be very important to the conservation of a particular species. Individual species are matched within accredited zoos to fulfill the Species Survival Plans (SSP) of specific animals. SSPs are designed to preserve the diversity of species by matching the desired genes of one individual with specific genes of another. Zoos need to have processes in place to ensure the transfer of animals for the SSPs is done properly, which is why the Toronto Zoo has an Animal Logistics Coordinator.

    I sit down with Vicki Hardstaff to discuss how animals are transferred from the Toronto Zoo using the example of a white rhino that was transferred the same day we recorded this interview!

    • 25 min
    WFL 30: Caribou At The Toronto Zoo With Aly Pidgen And Lindsay Vasseur

    WFL 30: Caribou At The Toronto Zoo With Aly Pidgen And Lindsay Vasseur

    I had the chance to sit down with Toronto Zoo Zookeepers Aly Pidgen and Lindsay Vasseur to discuss the Caribou herd at the Zoo. They discussed what it’s like to care for the herd and go into detail on the behavioural husbandry.
     Don’t miss the chance to get up close to these wonderful animals at the Zoo during their wildlife encounter: http://www.torontozoo.com/wildencounters/
     
    Have you checked out Terra Lumina yet? It’s phenomenal. I highly recommend it: http://www.torontozoo.com/terralumina

    • 34 min
    WFL 29: Immersing Yourself In The Toronto Zoo’s Guest Experience With Lauren Ogle

    WFL 29: Immersing Yourself In The Toronto Zoo’s Guest Experience With Lauren Ogle

    Lauren Ogle, Manager of Guest Operations, joins me on the podcast today to discuss how hard the Zoo works to ensure your visit is the best experience every time you come to the Zoo. Lauren discusses the creative ideas that are implemented at the Zoo that augment your visit and make learning about Wildlife Conservation entertaining. 
    Lauren also introduces Terra Lumina (http://www.torontozoo.com/terralumina), which opens on Friday, December 13, 2019. Terra Lumina is the eleventh unique experience created in Moment Factory’s Lumina night walk series. Let yourself be transported by vibrant lighting, multimedia effects, breathtaking video projections and an original score to an enchanted world filled with possibility. And explore this bright and hopeful future to reveal the powerful secrets of tomorrow. Listen to the episode to find out more. Tickets on sale now at torontozoo.com/terralumina

    • 27 min

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