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Wild For Life

May 29, 2019

Have you ever wondered how the Toronto Zoo feeds all of the animals their specific diets that will allow them to grow big and healthy? Well, I had the chance to sit down with the Zoo’s Nutritionist, Jaap Wensvoort, and the Zoo and Wildlife Foundation Nutrition Resident Sarra Gourlie to discuss how they develop balanced diets to ensure the optimal health and wellbeing of a wide variety of species. We also discuss the role nutrition takes when trying to figure out where to repopulate an area of species at risk such as a Blanding’s turtle or Vancouver Island marmot; why browse is so important for gorillas to have while in human care; and, how nutrition is calculated for each individual animal.