Today, our conservation colleagues at World Wildlife Fund, issued their annual document, the Living Planet Report. In it, they highlight increasing concerns for wildlife on the planet, including the dramatic stat that on average, there has been a “60% decline in the size of populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians in just over 40 years.” Numbers such as a these paint a very serious picture of the need to take action to protect wild animals and wild places.
“Every day in our work at the Calgary Zoo, we are seeing the impacts of the changing global climate and the impact human activity is having on our planet,” says Lea Randall, Population Ecologist, Calgary Zoo. “Despite dramatic numbers such as these, we know that there is reason to hope. Our approach is rooted in science, and we know, when we work together we can make a real difference for animals here in Canada and around the world.”
To learn more about what the Calgary Zoo is doing to protect wildlife in Canada, please visit our the page for our Centre for Conservation Research.