A land where Canada’s wildlife is bountiful and diverse and thrives without risk of extinction.
Wildlife Preservation Canada exists to save animal species at risk from extinction in Canada by:
performing hands-on work with species requiring direct intervention to recover
providing opportunities, both within Canada and abroad, for Canadian conservation scientists to grow their expertise in working with animal species-at-risk and add to the overall body of knowledge on the subject.
Wildlife Preservation Canada:
is a conservation leader.
develops new and innovative conservation techniques that can be used by other conservation organizations and for other species in Canada and globally.
is collaborative and facilitates multi-partner recovery programs for maximum conservation impact.
believes that local communities are critical to the long-term sustainable future success of our conservation programs.
builds Canada’s conservation capacity by providing young conservation scientists with opportunities to gain expertise working with endangered species, in Canada and abroad.
chooses the species we help based on their conservation needs, our unique expertise, and potential for partnerships.
What We Do
For dozens of Canadian species at risk, habitat protection alone is not enough. Wildlife Preservation Canada’s mission is to save animal species at risk from extinction in Canada by providing direct, hands-on care.
We are the only organization in Canada to provide this critical need for multiple species in multiple recovery efforts across the country. We specialize in science-based techniques such as conservation breeding and release, reintroduction and translocation. Our Action Plan is based on the urgency of the need and is updated annually.
We always work in collaboration with appointed recovery teams and other organizations. Our partners include federal and provincial ministries and parks, habitat-oriented charities and land trusts, zoos, universities and colleges, and local grassroots volunteer groups. Our role varies to suit the situation. In some cases, we are a supporting partner. In others, we take a lead, coordinating role. In all, our only agenda is to help save the species.
At the same time, we also build Canada’s conservation capacity by providing young scientists the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in working with species at risk. Our Canada’s New Noah scholarship program is designed to develop future conservation leaders with specialized expertise in recovery techniques for species on the brink of extinction.
All of our work yields measurable results. Our scientists collect high-quality field data so they can quantify the impact of their efforts and plan effective recovery strategies. They continually refine and improve their tools and techniques and publish the results so that this new knowledge is shared and can be used elsewhere. When the data shows that hands-on intervention is no longer necessary — as in the case of the swift fox — we redeploy our resources to help other species in greater need.