Learn About Urban Animals

Wild animals live everywhere, including in the city. They need food sources and safe places to live. Wild animals are also kept in captivity, often in poor conditions. All wild animals need our help to survive and prosper.


You Can Help Urban Animals…

  • Leave wild animals alone. Never chase, bother or shout at wild animals like squirrels or gulls.
  • If you see an injured or sick wild animal call a wildlife centre or humane society to ask for help.
  • Don’t feed wild animals like coyotes, raccoons or geese.
  • Wild animals need wild spaces. Help protect and preserve the ravines, creeks, forests and rivers in your city. Join local campaigns to clean up the environment!
  • Print this postcard template on card stock paper, draw a picture on the front, write a message on the back and mail it to the Office of the Premier telling them you want better bylaws around zoo regulations.

To know more about urban animals in the wild:

  1. Do a neighbourhood scavenger hunt or create an urban sensory map to become more aware of how you share an environment with city-dwelling animals.
  2. Read the books Animal Hospital: Rescuing Urban Wildlife by Julie Coey, and Tracks, Scats and Signs by Leslie Dendy.
  3. Watch wild animals in nature instead of in a zoo. In Toronto, Tommy Thompson Park and Evergreen Brick Works are great places to start.
  4. Become a nature detective and look for tracks, scats and signs. Use binoculars to look for birds.
  5. Then take this quiz to test your knowledge.

Raccoon Front of Postcard