Canada’s New Noah

Since 1990, the Canada’s New Noah program has given young biologists in Canada the opportunity of a lifetime. Each year, Wildlife Preservation Canada selects a post-secondary graduate from dozens of applicants across Canada for the single, coveted position on the tropical island of Mauritius in the western Indian Ocean.

The successful applicant will participate in 6 months of practical experience alongside species and habitat recovery teams working to save species around Mauritius and its offshore islands followed by a 12 week course at the Durrell Conservation Academy on the Island of Jersey. The applicant must be available from August 2020 – April 30, 2021.

Graduates receive the Durrell Endangered Species Management Graduate Certificate (DESMAN). The full scholarship covers travel, living and training expenses. The program is supported by the Alan and Patricia Koval Foundation.

The program fills an educational gap in this country, providing practical training and field experience in managing wildlife conservation projects and conserving endangered species. The program equips participants with the multi-disciplinary skills required to run their own species recovery programs.

Learn more about the Canada’s New Noahs program and its impact on scholarship recipients and Canadian conservation.

Program Objectives

  • To train young Canadian biologists in the techniques required to breed endangered species in controlled environments, 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

What Participants Say

“one of the most memorable years in my career to date as an endangered species conservation biologist”
– Natasha Lloyd, 2006 New Noah
Conservation Research Senior Specialist at the Calgary Zoological Society’s Centre for Conservation Research


“one of the most significant and influential experiences of my conservation career”
– Myles Lamont, 2013 New Noah
Wildlife Technician, Government of Nunavut, and Principal of TerraFauna Wildlife Consulting

“a pivotal point in my career … shaped me not only as a professional, but as a person”
– Dave Stepnisky, 1998 New Noah
Senior Manager with the Fish and Wildlife Habitat Section for Alberta Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development

How to Apply 

We are not currently accepting applications.

Below are previous year’s requirements for reference.

To learn more about the Canada’s New Noahs experience, check out our field blog.

Help us save endangered Mauritian species and train a new generation of Canadian biologists in hands-on conservation skills they can apply here at home. Support Wildlife Preservation Canada’s New Noah Program today.


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