Our commitment to give only the best to the species in our care
Species here in Western Canada and around the world are facing increasing pressures. The Wilder Institute has a long track record of successfully rebuilding endangered species populations through conservation breeding and reintroduction programs.
Since 1985, our organization has operated an off-site conservation breeding facility located south of Calgary to address the mounting need for conservation breeding and reintroduction programs. Some of Canada’s most endangered species, such as whooping cranes and Vancouver Island marmots, owe their existence to the facility’s skilled team of animal care specialists and scientists. However, what was once a remote oasis for the breeding of some of North America’s most endangered species, has become increasingly pressured by urban development and is no longer suited for the sensitive breeding work that happens there. The Wilder Institute decided to overcome these challenges while simultaneously setting ourselves up to make a difference for species for generations to come.
A one-of-a-kind conservation centre
In 2021, the Wilder Institute broke ground on our much-anticipated Archibald Biodiversity Centre (ABC). This new location is remote enough to afford the level of seclusion necessary for successful conservation and research programs yet close enough to be easily serviced from the main Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo property. The adjacent lands present minimal opportunity for future development ensuring the appropriate ‘buffer’ and seclusion necessary to keep the animals in their natural state; an essential element of successful reintroduction programs.
This one-of-a-kind facility located on 333 acres of land in Wheatland County, represents the best of what conservation charities are capable of. The new campus not only enables our organization to improve breeding facilities for our current programs such as whooping cranes, burrowing owls, greater sage-grouse and Vancouver Island marmots, but also sets the stage to dramatically increase our ability to add wildlife and plant breeding programs to the Institute’s portfolio.