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Campaign pushes forward to give Yupik a new life

YUPIK THE MEXICAN POLAR BEAR NEEDS YOUR HELP – AGAIN! Yupik and her brother were orphaned in Alaska in 1992, reportedly after a hunter shot their mother. Yupik’s brother died at the Alaska Zoo, so Yupik was alone for the first time her life, and would remain that way for […]


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, […]


Still hope for Yupi!

We are very pleased to let everyone know that we are collaborating with the Government of Michoacan and Zoologico Morelia to carry out a full medical examination of Yupik the polar bear, as well as provide her with desperately needed dental care this week. This week’s assessment follows an earlier […]


Review of Ontario animal welfare system announced

NOTE: Various media reports have erroneously described the Zoocheck/Animal Alliance review as an “investigation into the OSPCA.” That is not correct. The intention of this project is to produce a comprehensive report on the entire animal welfare system in Ontario. Media Release – October 25, 2016 ZOOCHECK AND ANIMAL ALLIANCE […]


We were right, zoos were wrong: Elephants better off

by Barry Kent MacKay Now that emotive rhetoric has faded and the third anniversary fast approaches, let us pause to think about what happened three years ago this fall. Toronto Zoo had three African elephants: Toka, Iringa, and zoo-born Thika. Last year, Iringa, who had arrived with serious, increasingly painful […]

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An Alternative Future for Looking at Non-wild Wildlife

By Kathryn Sussman  (June 12, 2016)   Will alternative displays and virtual zoos begin to replace traditional zoos in the not too distant future? Rather than looking at caged animals in unnatural and, more often than not, inadequate conditions, there are now exciting and diverse alternatives to the traditional zoo […]