Centre for Conservation Research

Creating the Science Behind Conservation 

Our Approach

Here at the zoo we’re passionate about wildlife conservation. And we know that it takes good science to successfully protect endangered species. 

Dedicated biologists in our Centre for Conservation Research work in Canada and across the world to help endangered animals once again thrive in the wild. They focus on species recovery and through the Husky Energy Endangered Species Program, are recognized as a North American leader in the science of species reintroduction.

Working with governments, non-profit organizations, specialists, industry and communities, our researchers conduct groundbreaking scientific research. They focus on:

  • Studying conservation needs and sustainability of species reintroduced back into the wild.
  • Developing, implementing and evaluating strategies that benefit biodiversity and local communities. In some cases the expertise of our staff working in the field with local communities is the most valuable contribution we can make, other times our support is purely financial.
  • Conducting research, advocating, and disseminating information on behalf of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Reintroduction Specialist Group, North American and Caribbean Section.

Our Team

Researchers and staff at the Centre for Conservation Research come from diverse backgrounds, but have one thing in common – a passion and commitment for conserving our world's biodiversity. They conduct and facilitate conservation research in Canada and around the world.

Our Programs

Many prairie species rely on black-tailed prairie dogs  to survive. We are leading research on Canada’s only remaining population to safeguard their future.

We are part of the international recovery team that brought black-footed ferrets back to Canada 70 years after they disappeared. We’re working to ensure their future through research, monitoring and ongoing reintroductions.

The recovery of swift foxes  is internationally recognized as the most successful reintroduction of a nationally extinct carnivore in the world. We help monitor these foxes and conduct research that shapes national conservation policies.

Our researchers and veterinarians are leading one of Canada’s largest studies to help save northern leopard frogs  from the global amphibian crisis.

Vancouver Island marmots are a uniquely Canadian species and one of Canada’s most endangered animals. Through captive breeding, veterinary and behavioural research, we are helping to secure these marmots’ future.

By breeding birds for release into the wild and studying their incubation, health and breeding biology, we are helping bring whooping cranes back from the brink of extinction. 
The Whooping Crane Recovery Program at the Calgary Zoo is proudly funded by ConocoPhillips Canada.

Burrowing owls  are endangered across Canada and their future hinges on the success of recovery efforts. Our scientific research and conservation expertise are improving reintroductions in British Columbia.

The Greater sage-grouse is one of Canada's most endangered birds. Together with our partners we are working to reinforce wild populations and have established the first captive breeding program for sage-grouse in Canada.

Just before hatching, penguin chicks call to their parents from inside the egg.