The Calgary Zoo is hosting a free Panda Passage Walking Tour! Reserve your tickets to learn more about Panda Passage, Living Building Challenge and sustainable construction.
Written by Alyssa Friesen, Conservation Linkage Associate
From the rise, the prairie stretches out to meet the darkening sky. Barbed wire fences and power lines intersect the plains. Graham Dixon-MacCallum, Conservation Research Associate, holds the receiver’s antennae steady in the wind, waiting for a signal from the satellite transmitter. The signals arrive minutes apart. We slowly hone in on the location of the transmitter, using the strength and direction of the signal as a guide.
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!
Why should you help save the planet, you might ask? Well, because we’re all the people who live in it! We’re challenging you- yes YOU – to become a Guardian of the Wild this summer and take action in your daily life. Help preserve the rainforest by shopping with the green frog’s approval.
It’s National Zoo Keeper Week and we’re sharing the love! To recognize the dedication and hard work of our amazing zoo keepers, we are posting an interview of a keeper each day this week. Meet the fantastic Carrie Coleman, a passionate Lead Keeper whose work with animals has transformed her opinions of zoos and conservation work.
We’re hooked on a feeling, and it’s all about helping to conserve the planet. Why should you help save the planet, you might ask? Well, because we’re all the people who live in it!
We’re challenging you- yes YOU – to become a Guardian of the Wild this summer and take action in your daily life. Not only do you help continue the conservation conversation, you’re also in the running to win intra-planetary prizes! ✈️