Road trip! Members of the zoo’s Horticulture team source sage for the birds out at the DWCC, and have an adventure along the way.
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.
Safety blankets, Mr. Teddy, cookies, chips… we all have those items that we just can’t live without. For the greater sage-grouse, that item is the silver sagebrush (Artemisia cana). Only for them, the silver sagebrush is more than just a luxury; it is their home, their nutrition, and their mating stage. For the grouse, sagebrush means life.
We here at the Calgary Zoo are working hard to fulfill our vision- to be Canada’s leader in wildlife conservation!
We work locally with whooping cranes, Vancouver Island marmots, black-tailed prairie dogs, black-footed ferrets, burrowing owl, swift fox, sage grouse and leopard frogs, and abroad with hippos, Humboldt penguins, lemurs… and more. Our conservation work also extends through the work of our zookeepers, who care for many animals in Species Survival Plans (SSP’s) that keep the genetic populations of endangered species healthy and thriving.