Posted in: Devonian Wildlife Conservation Centre

First greater sage-grouse reproduce in human care in Canada

We’re thrilled to make an announcement – we have successfully breed and hatched greater sage-grouse at the Devonian Wildlife Conservation Centre, which is a first for the species while in human care at the DWCC!

What does this mean for the endangered species?
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NATIONAL ZOO KEEPER WEEK – CAITLIN VAVASOUR-WILLIAMS

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. Zookeeper number four is Caitlin, who has a soft spot for the greater sage-grouse, and for the conservation work she contributes to at the Devonian Wildlife Conservation Centre (DWCC). Also- the force is strong with this one… you’ll see what we mean.

Meet the Zookeeper: Caitlin Vavasour-Williams

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Rick Wenmen wins The Zoo and Aquarium Professional Award

Congratulations are in order! Our Devonian Wildlife Conservation Center Supervisor, Rick Wenman, was awarded the prestigious 2016 Zoo and Aquarium Professional Award from Canadian Accredited Zoos and Aquariums.

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NATIONAL ZOO KEEPER WEEK- JOAN GELLATLY

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

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Shopping for a cause: Jeans to Save Genes

Next time you’re shopping for jeans, you could be helping out….genes? It’s true! The Holt Renfrew fundraiser Jeans to Save Genes this weekend will be doing just that- putting money towards whooping crane research here at the zoo.

Holt Renfrew is helping us shed light on our whooping crane conservation by hosting their second Jeans to Save Genes fundraiser this year. The plan is simple- stop by Holt Renfrew anytime from Friday, October 16, to Sunday October 18 and go shopping for jeans. Purchasing a pair of jeans (men or women’s) during this fundraiser will donate 10% of the proceeds towards whooping crane conservation! Not only will you be donating, but if your jeans cost $200 or more, then you will be given a free individual admission pass to the zoo.

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Who, what, where, when- working with whooping cranes

In the 1940’s, something scary happened- the wild whooping crane population had dipped to a mere 21 individuals worldwide. Realizing something had to be done, organizations across North America took steps to help save the species. With the aid of the Calgary Zoo and other conservation organizations, the wild population is now approximately 600 individuals and increasing. We’re proud to say that since 1989, the Calgary Zoo has been part of the captive breeding program for this iconic Canadian Species.

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The Calgary Zoo is a wild place- literally!

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We love conservation at the Calgary Zoo- wild horses couldn’t drag us away!

The Calgary Zoo is a wild place- literally! The zoo’s property isn’t just restricted to the island and surrounding area, but also includes the Devonian Wildlife Conservation Centre, which is a conservation property outside of the city of Calgary.

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Zookeeper Week- Valerie Edwards

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The summer of 2014, we recognized National Zoo Keeper Week! To celebrate the dedication and hard work of our amazing zookeepers, we posted an interview of a keeper each day that week. It wouldn’t have been complete without featuring the work of this hardworking keeper.

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New Calgary Zoo Member Meets Marmots and Whoopers

Only a 45-minute drive from the zoo, the Devonian Wildlife Conservation Centre is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city – and with good reason. Here, peace and quiet are critical ingredients for successfully breeding endangered species for reintroduction into the wild.

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