Calgary, AB – After a successful seven-week campaign, the results are in and Canadians have chosen the grey wolf as Canada’s Greatest Animal. More than 11,000 ballots were cast in the campaign and in today’s video announcement, the wolf beat out six other candidates all vying for the coveted title. The campaign was more than voting for Canada’s greatest animal; as a North American leader in wildlife conservation, the Calgary Zoo’s goal was to celebrate Canada’s diverse wildlife while raising awareness about the need to protect these animals.
“Since we launched this campaign on March 23, another 11 species have been added to Canada’s list of endangered species,” says Lindsey Galloway, Senior Director, Calgary Zoo. “What this says to us, is that even though the fun campaign is over, our important conservation work is more crucial than ever.”
The grey wolf came in first place with 26 per cent of the vote or more than 3000 votes, while the incumbent, the beaver was a close second place with 2500 votes.
Currently there are 532 species at risk under Canada’s Species at Risk Act, and of those, 66 range in Alberta, with 12 found only in the province. The Calgary Zoo works with eight Western Canadian species at-risk and is dramatically expanding its work, having recently ramped up programs to support the burrowing owl, northern leopard frog, whooping crane and greater-sage grouse, demonstrating its commitment to protect animals here at home and around the world.
Everyone has a role to play in conservation – whether it’s at home, in our neighbourhoods or at work – if everyone takes action, there is a greater chance of preserving wild animals for years to come. To learn more about the zoo’s conservation efforts, visit calgaryzoo.com.
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