2016 was an incredible year – together we marked many conservation successes. As we set our sights on 2017, a look back at some of the highlights:
- 16 greater sage-grouse eggs hatched at the Animal Health Centre, and the zoo built the first breeding facility in Canada for the species.
- The birth of Kimani, marking a milestone for critically endangered western lowland gorillas.
- 7600 northern leopard frog tadpoles were translocated to the Columbia Marshes in B.C.
- The introduction of Emara, a female Masai giraffe, raising the total population of Masai giraffes in Canada to four.
- 15 burrowing owlets were welcomed into the brand new head-starting program.
- 13 Vancouver Island marmots were released back into the wild, helping increase the population of Canada’s rarest mammal.
- The birth of two red panda cubs, boosting the captive population of their sub species by four per cent.
We have entered 2017 with a renewed passion for conservation, and a determination to continue to save species. The support of our zoo family, volunteers, visitors and donors means the world to us, and enables us to continue our mission.