Exotic Animals


Time for Change at Spruce Haven Zoo in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Ben the black bear has spent more than 25 years in a tiny, substandard cage at the Spruce Haven (Nature Park) Zoo, a small privately-operated zoo in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Able to walk only for a few seconds in one direction or another, Ben is confined on a hard […]


Toronto Consultation on Exotic Animals – Participate Now!

For years, a handful of businesses (including several zoos) have been allowed to bring prohibited exotic animals into the City of Toronto for “educational” presentations, shows and exhibits under an exemption for organizations and businesses associated with the zoo industry. A wide variety of animals, including giant constricting snakes, kangaroos, […]


Report challenges value of cetacean captivity

Media Release December 14, 2016 REPORT CHALLENGES CLAIMS THAT KEEPING WHALES AND DOLPHINS CAPTIVE IS JUSTIFIABLE The recent deaths of beluga whales Qila and Aurora have thrust the issue of captive display of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) in Vancouver back into the spotlight. The Vancouver Humane Society and Zoocheck […]


Open your eyes to the astonishing world of fish with scientist Jonathan Balcombe

Think Fish Are Boring? Well Think Again! WHAT A FISH KNOWS, THE INNER LIVES OF OUR UNDERWATER COUSINS an illustrated presentation, Q & A and book signing with Dr. Jonathan Balcombe Wednesday September 28, 2016 7 – 9 pm Palmerston Library Theatre 560 Palmerston Avenue Toronto, Ontario Click Here for […]


Internet Bird Videos: Not So Cute

In celebration of National Bird Day 2016, Barry Kent MacKay, Senior Program Associate for Born Free USA, ornithological artist and lifelong bird enthusiast, is writing a special five-part blog series. Below is the first installment. Published 12/14/15 Yes, sure… I love birds. And yes, I’ve studied, observed, and obsessed over […]