It’s 5 o’clock in the morning and the only sound is the rattle of truck tires on gravel. In the beam of the headlights, a porcupine ambles along the edge of the road before disappearing. As we drive through Grasslands National Park, the truck empties, slowly but surely, as each researcher is dropped off at a different field site.
How has working with black-tailed prairie dogs in Grasslands National Park changed our population ecologist, Tara Stephens? Well, for one thing, she can’t eat peanut butter anymore!
It’s going to be panda-moneum!
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?