Tag Archives: Toronto Zoo

when zoos make news

Zoos are in the news, so our blog has been getting more attention than usual. We’ve been critical of the Toronto Zoo for choosing entertainment over conservation, education, and stewardship. We provided a long-term vision and strategy for the Zoo more than a decade ago and have watched the organization implement our recommendations, tentatively at…
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What was 2013 about?

What did Socrates say about blogging; “The unblogged life is not worth living,” or, “The unexamined blog is not worth blogging?” I think the latter. Blogs can be revelatory. But revelatory of what? So, I asked myself what the NetGain blog was about in 2013.  As a prime contributor, this is a way asking what I’m about.…
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Disheartening Developments at the Toronto Zoo

To say the least, it’s disheartening that The Toronto Zoo recently found itself embroiled in bureaucratic turmoil. Some years ago, NetGain produced a detailed strategic plan anchored in the idea that exhibits and programs should be focused on environmental leadership. Unfortunately, The Zoo’s implementation of the plan was bizarrely misdirected. Results on the ground included a Jeep…
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My Dog’s Unrestrained Bladder: Not The Only Bad News

My 12-year-old dog has a less reliable bladder than when he was younger, so I thought I might put some newspaper down for him while I’m at work during the day. So, I bought a hard copy of the Saturday Globe and Mail, which I would normally read online or scan over coffee at Dark Horse.…
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