Government of Canada, Government of Alberta and the Calgary Zoo enter
into multi-million dollar partnership for new program
CALGARY, Jan. 23, 2014 /CNW/ - Minister Aglukkaq has announced a
$2.1 million contribution for the Calgary Zoo's new captive breeding
and rearing program for the Greater Sage-Grouse. The Government of
Canada is committed to protecting and preserving our rich biodiversity,
as seen in the $25 million/year investment for species at risk in
Economic Action Plan 2012. This program is breaking new ground—this
will be the first time that Sage-Grouse have been bred and raised in
captivity in Canada.
This program is the next step in a series of actions the federal and
provincial governments are taking to protect and bring back the Greater
Sage-Grouse in Canada.
On December 4th, the federal government published an Emergency Order to protect the
Greater Sage-Grouse across 1700 km2 of crown lands in Alberta and Saskatchewan. On December 20th, the proposed Amended Recovery Strategy for Greater Sage-Grouse was
published, which outlines the state of the species, provides
information about the species and population objectives, and identifies
new critical habitat.
In 2012, there were estimated to be between 93-138 adult birds in
Canada. The population has declined by 98 percent since 1988.
The Sage-Grouse captive rearing and breeding program will cost a total
of just over $5 million over 10 years.
The Government of Canada and the Calgary Zoo have been collaborating on
endangered species recovery for decades.
"Our Government's partnership with the Calgary Zoo in a captive breeding
and reintroduction program is an important step to recovering the
Greater Sage-Grouse in Canada. Our long-term goal is to establish a
stable Sage-Grouse population in Canada through stewardship initiatives
- The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister
of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for
the Arctic Council
"The Government of Alberta is proud to be supporting Sage-Grouse
recovery in Alberta by contributing $2.1 million over 10 years towards
the Greater Sage-Grouse captive breeding program at the Calgary Zoo.
This is an important partnership with the Government of Canada and the
Calgary Zoo because together we can help to protect the future of
Alberta's Sage-Grouse population."
- The Honourable Robin Campbell, Minister of Alberta Environment and
Sustainable Resource Development
"The Calgary Zoo welcomes this joint funding on the part of the Alberta
and Canadian ministries responsible for environmental issues. For
several decades, the Calgary Zoo has played a key role in Canada, and
globally, saving species at risk. We are very pleased to be leading the
Sage-Grouse project with the financial support of our provincial and
- Dr. Clément Lanthier, President and CEO, Calgary Zoo
SOURCE: Environment Canada
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