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Wildlife Conservation

The Riverview Park and Zoo is actively involved in many conservation efforts.  With an animal collection of over 48 species and with fifty-five acres of green space along the Otonabee River, we have a lot of responsibilities.  We proudly partner with local, national, and international organizations to help make a difference for wildlife and the environment. What can you do to help with wildlife conservation?

Seasonal Conservation Activities

Visit our wildlife educational exhibit, open June - August, where you can participate in fun activities, attend presentations/demonstrations and sign up to participate in conservation events.

CAZA Logo Small Riverview Park and Zoo is an accredited zoo and member of the Canada's Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA-AZAC)This means that our procedures for animal nutrition, enclosures, security, exercise and enrichment, veterinary care, and contact with visitors must meet the highest standards for animal care in Canada.
Logo ISIS As part of the global initiative to save endangered species, the Riverview Park and Zoo is part of a worldwide network of 825 zoos and aquariums in 76 countries called the International Species Information System (ISIS). This network of institutions helps to catalogue, breed and care for genetically important species across the globe.
LogoKTTC The Kawartha Turtle Trauma Centre (KTTC) is an organization that helps to save injured local turtles from across Ontario and release them back into their natural habitat.  The Riverview Park and Zoo was the first home for the KTTC and we continue to help develop and support their efforts to rehabilitate and conserve native turtle species. 
LogoORCA Riverview Park and Zoo partners with the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority (ORCA) on many conservation projects that benefit our local watershed.  Shoreline restoration work in our park areas is helping to regenerate native plant species and reduce erosion along the riverbanks and rehabilitation of Riverview Creek will help to establish a more natural streambed flowing into the Otonabee River.

Riverview Park and Zoo is also actively involved in Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) programs including Species Survival Plan (SSP), Population Management Plan (PMP) and Stud Books.  These programs analyze genetic and demographic information about animals at Riverview Park and Zoo in relation to other captive animals around the world.  Recommendations are then made in an effort to perpetuate global captive populations and reduce the impact on wild populations of animals.

What can you do to help with wildlife conservation?

Visit Riverview Park and Zoo. Come the zoo and learn about all the different species of animals that live here.  Some species that call Riverview home are threatened in their native ranges.  By learning about why they are in trouble, you can help to minimize pressures on their habitat by spreading the word to friends and family and by making small changes in your daily lives.  Visit our Animals page to read our FACT SHEETS and learn more about our animals.

Get involved. Volunteer with Riverview Park and Zoo.  Youth aged 14+ and adults can get involved with wildlife conservation right here in Peterborough.  You can make a difference in your community by volunteering one day a week at Riverview to help with educating the public about our animals and wildlife conservation.

Adopt-An-Animal. Riverview Park and Zoo is funded through the PUC but we still rely your donations for help.  By adopting an animal, you can donate money directly to an animal of your choice.  Adoption fees go directly to helping with care, nutrition and enrichment for your adopted animal. Click here for more information....



Riverview Park and Zoo is proud to partner with Trent University and other organizations to support research.

The following are some of the research papers the zoo has been involved in.

Research Paper Arsenault_Mackenzie - Popularity of Zoo Mammals Related to Size

Research Paper Bainbridge_Sydney - Mammalian Popularity

Research Paper Banton-Jones Kyle - Behavioural Effects of Environmental Changes on a Meerkat Clan

Research Paper Beaudin-Judd Julie - Impact of Open vs Closed Exhibit Designs on Wallaby Behaviour

Research Paper Francis Caitlin - Synchrony of two Captive Ruminant Species

Research Paper Hollingshead Brett- Does Body Size Affect Animal Popularity?

Research Paper Jones Connor - How Body Size Affects the Popularity of Mammalian Exhibits

Research Paper Mather Elizabeth - What Influences Visitor Patterns at the Peterborough Zoo

Research Paper Peeters Graham - Popularity of Zoo Animals Based Upon Different Factors

Research Paper Walton Sarah - Effect of Enrichment Items on Social Interactions of Norther River Otters

Published Article - Breeding the Sulawesi Forest Turtle 

On-Line Article - Red-Billed Hornbill Genetics