20 endangered burrowing owls have been returned to the wild.

Earlier this month, Alberta’s prairies warmly welcomed back 20 burrowing owls that were in the care of the Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo, marking a milestone to bolster Canada’s burrowing owl population.

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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.

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Our Conservation Programs

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North America

Burrowing Owl

Endangered

North America

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Fisher

Endangered

North America

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Greater sage-grouse

Endangered

North America

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Half-moon hairstreak butterfly

Endangered

North America

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Northern leopard frog

Endangered

North America

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Ontario plant species-at-risk

Endangered

North America

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Vancouver Island marmot

Endangered

North America

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Whooping crane

Endangered

North America

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Black-tailed prairie dog

Threatened

North America

Black-tailed prairie Dog
Swift fox

Threatened

North America

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Africa

Mountain bongo

Critically Endangered

Africa

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Aye aye

Endangered

Africa

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Black-and-white ruffed lemur

Critically Endangered

Africa

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Greater bamboo lemur

Critically Endangered

Africa

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Sitatunga

Least concern, rare in West Africa

Africa

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Hippopotamus

Vulnerable

Africa

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Guam

Sihek (Guam kingfisher)

Extinct in the Wild

Guam

Sihek

Translocation

Community Conservation

Endangered

Threatened

Vulnerable

Extinct

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Wildlife conservation programs

Using innovative, cutting-edge science, our teams are working to save threatened species and return them to the wild, where our planet needs them to be. Our expertise is in the recovery and reintroduction of species-at-risk, as well as community conservation, where we collaborate with people to support them in positively impacting both nature and communities around the world.

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Conservation Translocations

Species reintroductions are becoming increasingly important tools to stem the extinction crisis. A reintroduction is the deliberate release of an endangered species into the wild, from captivity or relocated from other wild areas, in order to prevent its extinction.

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Community Conservation

Community conservation is based on the idea that socio-economic benefits and community engagement can alleviate poverty and improve human welfare while supporting conservation efforts and reducing threats to biodiversity.

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Things change when people want them to change. Much has been accomplished, but the need to do more increases every day. Together, we can make the world a wilder place.

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