Wilder Institute’s Global Launch Party
If you were in Calgary’s downtown core the evening of November 10th, 2021, you couldn’t miss the larger-than-life endangered species projected onto Calgary’s most recognizable landmark. The spectacular showing was held in support of the global launch of the Wilder Institute.Watch the Global Launch Party
We don’t believe in inevitability. We believe in taking action.
We know it is possible to bring endangered species back from the brink. Whooping cranes, Vancouver Island marmot and other species in Canada and around the world survive in the wild in part due to the work of the Wilder Institute. We’ve built our reputation as a global authority on wildlife conservation by protecting species in our own backyard and collaboratively engaging local communities abroad to foster economic solutions that benefit both animals and people.
In the 1940s, only 21 whooping cranes remained in the wild due to overhunting and habitat loss. Dedicated wildlife conservation efforts have improved the status of these endangered birds, but challenges remain.
Vancouver Island marmot
Vancouver Island marmots are one of the most endangered mammals in the world and found only on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. This endangered species began to decline in the 1990s as habitat fragmentation increased predation in the mountain meadows where they live. By 2003, there were only about 30 individuals left in the wild.
For thousands of years, burrowing owls have been a part of grassland ecosystems in Canada, but they are disappearing from the prairies. Each fall, these tiny owls make an incredible trek as they migrate from Canada to Mexico and the southern United States. Many don’t return and their fate is unclear.
Once common across the prairies, the greater sage-grouse population in Alberta and Saskatchewan has declined by an estimated 90% in the past 30 years. Today, there are only around 200 Greater Sage-grouse in Canada.
Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary
Wechiau Community Hippo Sanctuary, in northwestern Ghana, was created to protect hippopotamus and improve the livelihoods of local people. For two decades, the Wilder Institute has played a supporting role in offering guidance, building capacity and monitoring outcomes for biodiversity and human communities.
We’re working collaboratively to restore critical habitat for lemurs by planting trees and providing local people with sustainable, rainforest-friendly livelihoods.