The national animal of Canada has been the beaver since 1975. For years the determined rodent has represented Canuck history and a resilient attitude. Sure they’re tough, and can flash a great set of teeth, but is this truly the ambassador that modern Canadians are looking for?
As Canada celebrates our 150 birthday, it’s time to take a look at who represents the people of this great nation. A movement is growing- citizens looking for the national animal that represents the mature and diverse country that Canada has become. With a little flexing of our democratic muscles, constituents can finally crown “Canada’s Greatest Animal.”
We’re not looking for just any representative. No, the ‘Eh Team” is a diverse group of candidates, with platforms as impressive as their mating dances. Which contender has what it takes to finally make Canadians boast?
Why, it could be the dashing grey wolf, who is the leader of the pack. Perhaps the upwardly mobile mountain goat calls to you, or it’s the intrepid grizzly that puts a strong foot forward. The wise great grey owl is a visionary to be sure, but they’ll have strong competition from the graceful whooping crane, who has a distinctive call in this political arena.
It might take the steady nature of the high plains bison to take down our incumbent – the beaver. That animal is always building, but are they building dams, when they could be building bridges?
The competition kicks off on March 22, and runs until May 19, 2017. We’re prepared for it to be fierce! Responsible citizens can vote and learn more about the candidates for ‘Canada’s Greatest Animal’ at the official party website, and on grounds through the debates and our many new interpretive programs.
Research wouldn’t be complete without a visit to official Campaign Headquarters, located in Cequel Energy Lodge in the heart of the zoo’s Canadian Wilds. Headquarters will be hosting games and activities, and is the perfect place to stop while you visit the candidate’s habitats.
No matter which candidate you label the #GreatestCdnAnimal, it’s important to remember that everyone has a responsibility to help protect all of Canada’s wildlife. Conservation is at the heart of everything we do at the Calgary Zoo. As a leader in wildlife conservation, science will be the backbone of our coverage this campaign season, providing commentary that you can count on.
So who will it be? Will you root for the brute? Vote for the goat? Get involved in this wild campaign– remember that every vote is a vote for Canadian wildlife.