Great news! This spring was a special one for whooping crane recovery efforts in North America.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Sandie Black introduces the team behind the scenes at the Calgary Zoo.
The Calgary Zoo’s Centre for Conservation Research conducts innovative scientific research in zoos and in the wild to develop applicable solutions for environmental problems threatening the world’s species and ecosystems. This video highlights the scientific research which is important for successful wildlife conservation in Canada.