Calgary, AB – The Calgary Zoo and Crescent Point Energy announced earlier today that they have partnered to protect wildlife and wild places.
Crescent Point Energy’s sponsorship of the Calgary Zoo’s new Wildlife Conservation Centre includes a $100,000 investment to help construct a new breeding and research facility dedicated to the sustainability of burrowing owls, as well as a $50,000 commitment to the Saskatchewan Species at Risk program which will support our innovative research and reintroduction work. This investment represents a renewal of Crescent Point Energy’s support of the Calgary Zoo’s vital species saving work.
“Crescent Point is proud to renew our commitment with the Calgary Zoo supporting two of their important conservation programs,” said Crescent Point Energy President and CEO Craig Bryksa. “We are particularly proud to support the Saskatchewan Species at Risk program which provides funding for conservation ecologists and researchers to conduct meaningful work to sustain and nurture species who depend on prairie habitats throughout Saskatchewan.
“We are also excited to announce our support of their new Wildlife Conservation Centre (WCC) as a founding sponsor. The new WCC aims to further support the zoo’s work as a global leader in conservation breeding and reintroduction programs for a broad range of wildlife and native species.
“At Crescent Point, our community investment program is one of the ways we foster a long-lasting, positive impact in the communities where we live and operate. Since inception, we have committed over $30 million towards community investment causes in addition to thousands of employee volunteer hours.”
“The generous support and leadership from Crescent Point Energy for our Saskatchewan Species at Risk program and construction of the new Wildlife Conservation Centre will help restore endangered species, including burrowing owls, to ecosystems where they are disappearing,” said Calgary Zoo President and CEO Clément Lanthier. “Not only will this have positive benefits for ecosystems and for people, but it reaffirms Crescent Point Energy’s support of the vital work done by the Calgary Zoo. We are proud to count them among our corporate partners.”
Conservation Project Updates: In 2016, the Calgary Zoo launched an innovative project to boost wild burrowing owl populations using a technique called head-starting. In this initiative, young owls are brought into captivity until they are old enough to have a better chance of surviving before they are released in the wild. Burrowing owls are indicator species, which means they are an important reflection of the overall health of grassland ecosystems. The Calgary Zoo is hard at work to understand the challenges these endangered owls face and restore the population in the Canadian prairies. In addition to support from our corporate sponsors, the burrowing owl program is run in partnership with Environment and Climate Change Canada, Canadian Wildlife Service, and Alberta Environment and Parks.
About the Calgary Zoo: The Calgary Zoo is a globally recognized conservation organization that guides, innovates, applies scientific solutions to restore some of the world’s most endangered species. Locally and globally we take action in the wild every day to yield powerful benefits for nature and for people. Our over 1,000 employees and volunteers are passionate about inspiring people to take action to sustain wildlife and wild places, welcoming over 1.3 million guests annually. As visitors discover the rare and endangered species we love and care for at our facilities, they are directly contributing through admission and on-grounds sales to a charitable conservation organization that works to fight the extinction of plants and animals worldwide.
- 30 -
Director Brand & Engagement
The Calgary Zoo
Phone: 403.232.7766 | 403.919.9482 | [email protected]
Community Relations Coordinator
Crescent Point Energy
Phone: 403.693.6067 | [email protected]