Wildlife Conservation Programs
The world is facing serious challenges. The number of endangered species are increasing, habitats are disappearing and the pressures of human consumption on the planet continue to grow.
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.
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 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. When alarmed, marmots whistle piercingly loud, which earned them the nickname “Whistle Pig”.
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 sagebrush country in 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 less than 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.
The Wilder Institute is working collaboratively to help restore critical habitat for lemurs by planting trees and providing local people with sustainable, rainforest-friendly livelihoods.