For those of you following the unfolding drama due south, we have good news from our friends over at the Toronto Zoo. Arturo, the polar bear living in captivity in Argentina, is in need of a new home and the folks at the Toronto Zoo assured us today that they are working with their partners, the Assiniboine Park and Zoo and Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat, to ensure the situation with Arturo has a positive resolution. Thank you to everyone for reaching out to us on behalf of Arturo. We wish him the very best!
In an earlier post we held great hope that Arturo would soon be enjoying his new home in Canada’s polar bear sanctuary. Unfortunately negotiations between The Canadian Zoo (which pledged to take Arturo and give him a proper home) and Argentina’s Mendoza Zoo fell through. The Mendoza Zoo claims that at Arturo’s age, and in his current state of health, he would not survive the two day journey to Canada. This news has not swayed Arturo supporters. Many still believe that Arturo should be given the chance to live out his remaining days happily located in a larger, temperature appropriate environment surrounded by other polar bears. It is truly sad that this beautiful creature be stuck in deplorable living conditions. It… read more →
This blog was written by guest blogger, Valerie Assinewe. Prior to the arrival of Europeans, up to thirty million American Bison roamed across this continent. It is estimated that by 1888 only eight bison remained in Canada and 85 in North America. Settler expansion and commercial hunting virtually wiped out the American Bison. This month’s photo in our Nature Canada calendar is living proof of what can be achieved through thoughtful and concerted conservation efforts. Habitat and Range: The Plains Bison (Bison bison bison) once roamed over the entire Great Plains of the continent. Today, they are found in protected meadows and grasslands from British Columbia to Manitoba and as far north as the Yukon and southwestern Northwest Territories. The… read more →