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Conservation at the Toledo Zoo

A History of Exploration

The Toledo Zoo was founded in 1900 and has had a long history of scientific endeavors over the past 115 years.  One of the most notable expeditions was the Toledo Blade-Toledo Zoo Safari to South America.

Newspaper article published upon the return of the expedition.

In 1960, the Toledo Zoo partnered with the Toledo Blade to go on an expedition to South America including Trinidad and Tobago, what was then British Guyana and the Amazon.  The great safari included “Jungle” Larry Tetzlaff, Toledo Zoo director Phil Skeldon, curator of mammals Danny Danford and Toledo Blade sports editor Lou Klewer.  Lou was a former Toledo Zoo director and carrier of the Explorers Club flag 160 during the expedition.  The mission of the expedition was to collect animals for the zoo.  When the group returned from the trip, they were greeted by thousands of people at the airport as well as people lining the roads leading to the Toledo Zoo.

The Explorers Club is an international society dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore. Since its inception in 1904, the Club has served as a meeting point and unifying force for explorers and scientists worldwide.  The Toledo Zoo expedition in 1960 was awarded flag 160.

Toledo Zoo’s Modern Era of Science and Exploration

With the large quantity of scientific research and conservation the Toledo Zoo participates in, our impact can be seen around the World.  The  work the Toledo Zoo does aligns with our mission, to inspire others to join us in caring for animals and conserving our natural world.  The Zoo send dozens of employees across the globe to conduct research, participate in animal rehabilitation and implement conservation programs to better the lives of animals and ecosystems. The Zoo doesn’t forget about its own backyard though, as our Wild Toledo program does a lot of conservation work in northwest Ohio.   As a visitor, a member, volunteer or  employee at the zoo, it is easy to see and appreciate the World renowned conservation efforts put forth by the Toledo Zoo.