WGTE Town Hall: Elephant Care and Preservation
This town hall event, hosted by Bill Harris, examines The Toledo Zoo's mission of inspiring others to join them in caring for animals and conserving the natural world. They strive to accomplish this goal in many ways, but one of the most fascinating aspects of their work involves elephant care.
A new elephant environment called the Tembo Trail blends elephant care with a unique visitor experience. What is the balance zoos must achieve between elephant care and public display? How do animal care professionals keep these intelligent animals entertained and engaged in learning activity? Who are the people who care for the elephants, making sure they are healthy in body and mind?
This program is made possible by Susan L. Conda
Photo by Lynn Lyons
Would you believe it all started with a woodchuck? In the spring of 1900, Toledo businessman Carl Hillebrand heard that park officials were interested in starting a zoo in Toledo. He offered an overgrown woodchuck to Peter J. Mettler, then superintendent of Walbridge Park. From this solitary animal, The Toledo Zoo was born.