It’s official Canada- you howled, growled, and voted for the grey wolf as Canada’s Greatest Animal!!
The leader of the pack became just that, pulling ahead of the other ‘Eh team’ candidates early in the campaign, which kicked off on March 23, 2017. The incumbent beaver wasn’t far behind and chewed through the competitors, but it was ultimately stumped, landing in a respectable second place. Dam!
The Grey Wolf can be found roaming across most parts of Canada in highly organized packs. Resembling large domestic dogs, but with longer legs and bigger paws, wolves work together in a collaborative and strategic way to hunt their prey – moose, elk, caribou and deer. The biggest threat to wild wolf populations comes from human encroachment (and the occasional grizzly bear).
So where do we go from here? We are so proud of how Canadians from all across the nation stood up for our animals. You championed your favourite Canuck species, shared the message, and reminded your neighbours about the incredible wildlife that is right outside their door.
It’s a sad truth is that many of Canada’s iconic animals are struggling, whether it be due to habitat loss, disease, or a combination of factors. The first step of conserving these incredible animals is sharing education. Participating in the Canada’s Greatest Animal campaign was a great example of that- well done!
Now you can do more. One simple, effective method is to donate to the Calgary Zoo. Whether it be a simple donation or a purchase of a membership, this empowers the zoo to save Canadian species that we know and love- and those the public don’t know as well! Your assistance also allows us to help preserve species in their environments across the globe, including countries in Africa like Kenya and Madagascar.
On this Endangered Species Day (May 19, 2017), we highlight the plight of many at-risk and critically endangered species. Each day, the planet loses three species. This alarming fact makes the work that zoos and aquariums do towards saving species paramount.
At the Calgary Zoo, our goal is to inspire others to take action, and to encourage daily behavior that helps to protect and save wildlife. We want Canada to celebrate their natural heritage for another 150 years.
Thank you for being a warrior for wildlife. Learn more about our Conservation Research team, and how you can support the zoo.