June 23, 2016
Earth Rangers presenting animal shows for kids at Toronto Island Park this summer

City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation welcomes Earth Rangers, the kids’ conservation organization, to Toronto Island Park for a series of live animal shows throughout the summer starting Saturday, June 25. Residents are invited to meet Earth Rangers Animal Ambassadors and learn about the restoration of Franklin the Turtle's Habitat Pond.

“The live animal shows will provide educational and entertaining summer outings for children and families,” said Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell (Ward 28, Toronto Centre-Rosedale). “I encourage residents and visitors to come to our iconic Toronto Island Park and learn about conservation and wildlife, as well as the important restoration work taking place at Franklin the Turtle’s Habitat Pond.”

As part of their Bring Back the Wild! program, Earth Rangers, along with the W. Garfield Weston Foundation, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Friends of the Toronto Island/Toronto Island Residents, TD Bank, CRH Canada and Live Green Toronto, is partnering with the City of Toronto to naturalize the Habitat Pond through the removal of invasive species, the introduction of native plant species and the installation of basking logs to provide an ideal habitat for turtles, frogs, fish, birds and other wetland species.

The live animal shows will take place at TD Storybook Place in the Franklin Children's Garden at Toronto Island Park. Weekend shows run from June 25 to September 5 (Saturdays, Sundays and holidays) at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Weekday shows begin on July 6 and run until August 5 (Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays) at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Admission to all shows is free.

More information is available at http://toronto.ca/islands and http://www.earthrangers.org.

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