Canada’s New Noah


The Canada’s New Noahs program is a highly valued opportunity for young biologists in Canada. Since 1990, it has filled a gap in conservation education in this country, providing practical training and field experience in managing and conserving endangered species.

The program was designed by Wildlife Preservation Canada’s scientific advisor Richard Fyfe, a pioneer in Canadian species conservation.  Each year, more than 150 candidates – including Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. level students, practising wildlife biologists, and veterinarians – request applications for the single, coveted position.

Program Description

Since 1988, Wildlife Preservation Canada has selected a graduate student from across Canada to become our next Canada’s New Noah. The full scholarship includes travel, living and training expenses to enable the New Noah to participate in the Durrell Post-Graduate Diploma in Endangered Species Recovery designed to provide you with the field experience and species and human resource management skills you need to be able to run wildlife conservation projects. Based exclusively on the island of Mauritius (Indian Ocean) this course consists of four weeks of intensive theory and more than 12 weeks of practical experience, based within ‘live’ species and habitat recovery teams working to save species around Mauritius and its offshore islands.

Program Objectives

  • To train young Canadian biologists in the techniques required to breed endangered species in captivity, reintroduce them into the wild, and manage wild populations.
  • To give young Canadian biologists practical field experience with in situ conservation projects that complement their academic training.
  • To create a network of skilled Canadian conservation biologists who focus on endangered and threatened species.
  • To increase public awareness in Canada about endangered species and the progress being made to save them from extinction.

Apply Now

 WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS. Deadline November 13, 2015.


Download applications here, for session running April 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016.



Reference Form

Letter to Referee

Patrick Moldowan

Patrick grew up in St. Catharines, ON and from a young age took great interest in all things that creep, crawl, slither, and slime.

Martin Kastner

Martin credits his parents’ decision to reject television ownership with his love of the outdoors and nature.

Myles Lamont

Myles grew up in Langley, British Columbia and began caring for animals with a flock of Muscovy ducks at the age of 5.

Joshua Noseworthy

Josh is from New Brunsick and has a diverse array of wildlife and conservation experience.

Ffion Cassidy

Ffion grew up outside Winnipeg and has experience with a range of grassland species.