Accelerating our impact through collaborations
None of these impacts can be achieved by working in isolation. The Wilder Institute works in collaboration with stakeholders such as landowners, local peoples, First Nations, researchers, other conservation NGOs, and with multiple levels of government within Canada and around the globe. We do this to bring together all the requisite knowledge bases and resources to scientifically develop, test and implement effective solutions for species-at-risk.
The sihek is a wonderfully colourful bird species in the kingfisher family, native to the island nation of Guam. But 30 years ago, an invasive predatory snake nearly wiped them out, reducing this cultural symbol to “Extinct in the Wild” status. Only a handful of birds were saved and brought into captive breeding populations. Today, working closely with the Guam Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources, the Zoological Society of London, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Wilder Institute is embarking on an ambitious initiative to reestablish wild breeding populations of sihek, and eventually to return them to Guam.