Toronto Zoo kitchen: How do you feed 6,000 animals a day?
Published on Sunday July 01, 2012
Every week this summer, we take a look at animal life in the GTA.
The fish popsicles are making me sweat. I’m lugging two of the giant frozen snacks in buckets, one in each arm. When I haul them up to the wooden feeding platform, I’m greeted by three happy-to-see-me polar bears.
Inukshuk, the big fella, pokes his head out of the water below, blinks and tilts his snout skywards to catch a whiff of morning air. He can smell the treat he knows is coming.
The fancy snack — a bucket-sized block of ice packed with raw herring, zucchini, parsnips and oranges — has been specially prepared for Inukshuk and his polar bear companions by a brigade of superchefs who tend to fly under the radar: the Toronto Zoo kitchen team.