The Zoo de Granby partners with the Nature conservancy of Canada to protect at-risk species in Quebec
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and the Zoo de Granby announce a five-year partnership as part of a joint initiative to protect the habitat of threatened or vulnerable species in Quebec.
The two organizations are combining their expertise to protect habitat for turtles, bats, raptors, aerial insectivorous birds, such as chimney swift and common nighthawk, spring salamander and southern flying squirrel, among others.
The Zoo de Granby will contribute $100,000 towards NCC’s land securement projects to protect natural areas for the long term. The funds must be directed to sites that have some of these threatened or vulnerable species. NCC will raise the remaining funds that are required to acquire the lands for conservation.
Zoos and conservation organizations: a win-win combination
The Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Zoo de Granby are combining their expertise in species monitoring, property monitoring and natural environment restoration, as well as in awareness and education activities. Through this agreement, the Zoo de Granby demonstrates that zoos have a major role to play in protecting wildlife habitats, by using their expertise to ensure the preservation of the natural environments that surround them and to have a real impact on their community.
For its part, NCC enables the Zoo de Granby to carry out the conservation aspect of its mission by supplying NCC’s expertise in the planning, securement and stewardship of natural environments.
“Habitat loss is one of the most significant threats to animal species. This project to secure natural environments on private land thus becomes the starting point for sustained and concerted conservation actions.” – Patrick Paré, director of conservation & research at the Zoo de Granby.
“By donating part of their profits to support conservation projects, the Zoo de Granby is making an exemplary gesture, which we hope will inspire other organizations. We look forward to working with them to protect the habitats of these wildlife species across the province.” - Valérie René, project coordinator with the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
- The conservation of wildlife habitats and threatened species is a priority for Canadian institutions accredited by Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) and is a key element of their mission. The Zoo de Granby is one of 26 institutions in Canada accredited by CAZA. In 2018, it led or collaborated on some 20 conservation projects on four continents; half of the projects took place in Quebec.
- The Nature Conservancy of Canada has a track record of working with zoo’s to help achieve conservation. Last fall, greater-sage grouse, one of Canada's most endangered birds, were released on an NCC property near Manyberries, Alberta. This was done through a partnership with the Calgary Zoo, who had a greater-sage grouse captive breeding and rearing program.
- Another partnership with the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg resulted in the successful release of captive-reared Poweshiek skipperling butterflies at NCC’s Tall Grass Prairie Natural Area in southeastern Manitoba. This multi-year, collaborative research and conservation effort has been undertaken to save this endangered species.
The Zoo de Granby is a non-profit organization founded in 1953, whose mission is to provide an enriching, entertaining and educational experience to a diverse clientele of all ages in order to raise awareness about conservation of the animal world. At the height of the tourist season, it employs more than 700 people. The direct and indirect economic impact of the Zoo de Granby in its region is estimated at more than $50 million annually, an increase of more than 75% since 2004. zoodegranby.com
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is Canada's leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC has helped to protect 2.8 million acres (more than 1.1 million hectares), coast to coast, including 111,197 acres (45,000 hectares) in Quebec. To learn more, visit natureconservancy.ca.
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