TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Earth Rangers — a charitable organization dedicated to educating millions of children across Canada about the importance of biodiversity — celebrates the start of a new school year by launching four new Bring Back the Wild conservation projects.
Bring Back the Wild educates children and their families on the importance of biodiversity and raises funds to support the acquisition and restoration of endangered habitats across Canada. Funds raised will also further the reach of Earth Rangers' national School Outreach Program. This year's Bring Back the Wild projects include:
- Wood Thrush in Tremblant-Prevost Natural Area, Quebec, a conservation project with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, generously supported by Holcim Canada.
- American Badgers in Southern Norfolk Sand Plain, Ontario, a conservation project with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, generously supported by Ontario Power Generation.
- Polar Bears in Wapusk National Park, Manitoba, a conservation partnership with the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, generously supported by The W. Garfield Weston Foundation.
- Oregon Spotted Frogs in Aldergrove Lake Regional Regional Park, British Columbia, a conservation partnership with the Vancouver Aquarium.
"The Vancouver Aquarium is committed to the conservation of Oregon spotted frogs, a species that has seen a 90 per cent decline in population," says Dolf DeJong, Vice President of Conservation and Education at the Vancouver Aquarium. "In fact, the Vancouver Aquarium was the first institution in the world to reproduce Oregon spotted frogs in human care as part of the worldwide Amphibian Ark (AArk) program. As a nonprofit society dedicated to the conservation of aquatic life, the Vancouver Aquarium believes that Bring Back the Wild can play an instrumental role in protecting the most endangered amphibian species in Canada."
Bring Back the Wild is available to children across Canada at www.earthrangers.com and is also a part of Earth Rangers' School Outreach Program for participating schools across the country. To join the campaign, children register at www.earthrangers.com where they can:
- SELECT the animal and habitat they want to protect
- CREATE their own Earth Ranger Avatar
- EMAIL family and friends to ask for donations
- COLLECT rewards for their efforts along the way
Since launching Bring Back the Wild in April of 2010, over 180,000 children across Canada have joined Earth Rangers and started their own Bring Back the Wild campaign.
"We are truly amazed and inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of our young members every day," says Peter Kendall, Executive Director, Earth Rangers. "By holding everything from baking, art and book sales, to annual lemonade stands, to giving up birthday and Christmas presents and even their tooth fairy money, our members have collectively raised over $570,000 to protect species in Canada including; Jefferson salamanders, grizzly bears, wolverines, peregrine falcons, spotted turtles, American pine martens, monarch butterflies and plains bison; their collective action is proof that when we work together we can Bring Back the Wild!"
For more information about Earth Rangers and Bring Back the Wild, please visit www.earthrangers.com.
***Special note to media*** Earth Rangers' Wildlife Biologists and their live Animal Ambassadors are available for interviews across the country. Please contact Amy Cross at [email protected] for more information.
ABOUT EARTH RANGERS:
Earth Rangers is the kids' conservation organization. Earth Rangers is focused on communicating a positive, science-based message to children on the importance of protecting biodiversity. Through programs including a children's website - www.earthrangers.com , a national television presence on YTV and a national School Outreach Program featuring live Animal Ambassadors, Earth Rangers is able to reach, inspire and enable millions of children each year to take action to help ensure the lasting survival of species in Canada.
Bring Back the Wild is Earth Rangers' kid-powered conservation program designed to help protect endangered animals in Canada by raising funds to purchase, restore and protect their wild habitats.
Video with caption: "Watch this video to learn how you can Bring Back the Wild!". Video available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/cgi-bin/playback.cgi?file=20120919_C6459_VIDEO_EN_17872.mp4&posterurl=http://photos.newswire.ca/images/20120919_C6459_PHOTO_EN_17872.jpg&clientName=Earth%20Rangers&caption=Watch%20this%20video%20to%20learn%20how%20you%20can%20Bring%20Back%20the%20Wild%21&title=EARTH%20RANGERS%20%2D%20Earth%20Rangers%20partners%20with%20children%20across%20Canada%20to%20%26quot%3BBring%20Back%20the%20Wild%26quot%3B%20by%20launching%20four%20new%20kid%2Dpowered%20conservation%20projects%21&headline=Earth%20Rangers%20partners%20with%20children%20across%20Canada%20to%20%26quot%3BBring%20Back%20the%20Wild%26quot%3B%20by%20launching%20four%20new%20kid%2Dpowered%20conservation%20projects%21
Image with caption: "Help Earth Rangers and the Vancouver Aquarium breed Oregon spotted frog tadpoles so we can release them into the wild! (CNW Group/Earth Rangers)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120919_C6459_PHOTO_EN_17852.jpg
Image with caption: "Oregon spotted frog, the most endangered amphibian in Canada (CNW Group/Earth Rangers)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120919_C6459_PHOTO_EN_17853.jpg
Image with caption: "Releasing Oregon spotted frog tadpoles in Aldergrove Lake Regional Park in British Columbia. (CNW Group/Earth Rangers)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120919_C6459_PHOTO_EN_17854.jpg
Image with caption: "Getting ready to release Oregon spotted frog tadpoles! (CNW Group/Earth Rangers)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120919_C6459_PHOTO_EN_17855.jpg
Image with caption: "Earth Rangers' Oregon spotted frog project (CNW Group/Earth Rangers)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120919_C6459_PHOTO_EN_17856.jpg
Image with caption: "Earth Rangers' Four New Bring Back the Wild Projects. Choose an animal that you want to help protect! (CNW Group/Earth Rangers)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120919_C6459_PHOTO_EN_17857.jpg
SOURCE: Earth Rangers
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Media Relations, Earth Rangers
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