Forests are the lungs of any ecosystem. Creating fresh, breathable air, the canopies of Madagascar are also home to an incredible primate – wild lemurs. Adapted perfectly to their lush environment, over 100 species of lemur cannot be found anywhere else on Earth. They depend on trees, but Madagascar has lost upwards of 80% of its original forest. As we prepare to open Land of Lemurs on July 5, what can the Calgary Zoo do?
Guest blog: Dr. Clement Lanthier, President and CEO, Calgary Zoo
Lost in the passionate debate in Vancouver about beluga whales is the sobering question all Canadians should be asking as we celebrate our nation’s 150th birthday. Which of Canada’s magnificent wildlife species do we want to save for the next 150 years?
It’s National Zoo Keeper Week and we’re sharing the love! To recognize the dedication and hard work of our amazing zookeepers, we are posting an interview of a keeper each day this week. We’re introducing you to Joan Gellatly, who spends her time making a difference with our conservation species outside of the city at our Devonian Wildlife Conservation Centre.
Meet the Zookeeper: Joan Gellatly
Wild populations of boreal caribou in Canada are in trouble.
The animals are facing increasing threats such as changes to predator-prey dynamics due to landscape-level habitat change, both natural and human-caused. Currently the species is listed as Threatened under the federal Species At Risk Act (SARA) as well as in many provincial jurisdictions.