Canadian wildlife increasingly needs our help. Why is this? Over two hundred of Canada’s native terrestrial animal species are now considered at risk, and the number is growing every year. We’re doing everything we can to save those on the brink of extinction – species that are often only a few years away from disappearing forever. A look at this list of threatened animals may surprise you. While iconic northern animals such as polar bears or caribou receive a lot of attention, Wildlife Preservation Canada’s priority list is populated mostly by humbler southern species desperately in need of our special expertise in hands-on conservation. The list of species in need of help includes toads, frogs, rodents, snakes, lizards, bumblebees, butterflies, birds and turtles. These are the animals of our backyards – on our prairies, in our skies and in our waters – the animals you may have grown up with and seen every day and which are sadly disappearing from the Canadian landscape. Find out more about the unique wildlife that Wildlife Preservation Canada is helping to save.
Smaller than a housecat, this is one of the tiniest foxes in the world. Wildlife Preservation Canada began working with the swift fox in the mid-1990s, when we helped establish a small, self-sustaining population.
Since 2003, Wildlife Preservation Canada has been leading the recovery effort for this critically endangered songbird, which numbers fewer than thirty breeding pairs in a few isolated spots in southern Ontario.
Western painted turtles prefer the shallow waters of ponds, lakes, marshes and slow-moving streams. They are the largest subspecies of painted turtle, with a shell that can reach 25 cm long.
The snapping turtle is the largest freshwater turtle in Canada, with adults weighing between 4.6 – 16 kg.
Seven of Ontario’s eight native freshwater turtle species are currently at risk. Wildlife Preservation Canada has been working on the problem since 2004, when we launched a research project into nesting success in two of Ontario’s largest, most important turtle nesting areas.