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.
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
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.
As we celebrate Endangered Species Day today, it serves as a reminder of the vital work that zoos and aquariums are doing worldwide, as well as how much further we must go to protect the endangered species that that are so important to our ecosystems.
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has introduced a campaign to raise awareness for that pupose. SAFE: Saving Animals From Extinction will focus on preserving extinct species, while restoring them to healthy and sustainable populations in the wild. This campain aims to “[engage] the 180 million annual aquarium and zoo visitors and partners across the world to protect habitat, decrease threats, and restore populations to sustainable levels.”