The Granby Zoo plans to invest 11 million to preserve species

The details of this important shift that the zoo is taking were announced Tuesday during a well-attended press conference.

Granby Zoo officials indicated that out of 8 million species on earth, one million of them were on the verge of extinction.

The Wildlife Mission is engaged in several actions such as protecting at least 70 species at risk in Quebec and internationally, raising awareness among 1.5 million people annually about the preservation of biodiversity, collaborating on conservation programs. conservation in more than 15 countries and intervene with 425 private properties and natural environments.

Endangered species at the Granby Zoo

Within the perimeter of the Granby Zoo, several species are threatened such as the Amur leopard, the Panamanian golden frog, the western lowland gorilla, the great guitar ray and the African elephant.

According to the list drawn up by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the population of savannah elephants has fallen by at least 60% over the last 50 years and is classified as “endangered”.

The Granby Zoo is home to three elephants, one male and two females. The zoological park is responsible for a conservation project to reduce conflicts between elephants and humans at Campo Ma’an Park located in Cameroon.

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The African elephant is one of the threatened species at the Granby Zoo. (Keith Bartlett/Granby Zoo)

“Currently, one in three animals at the Granby Zoo has a precarious status. Since its founding in 1953, the Granby Zoo has accelerated the movement to protect species and reverse the process of extinction,” underlined Paul Gosselin, president and CEO of the Granby Zoo.

Author Kim Thúy as ambassador

As ambassador of the Wildlife Mission, the Granby Zoo will be able to count on the involvement of the Quebec writer of Vietnamese origin Kim Thúy who settled in Granby in 1979.

“I remember when we arrived that every weekend during the summer, Quebec families invited us to visit the Granby Zoo. As a spokesperson, my job will be to encourage people to come and discover animals while being aware of the importance of protecting biodiversity,” indicated the author, well known for her first novel. Ru which was brought to the screen.

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Quebec writer of Vietnamese origin Kim Thúy will act as ambassador for Mission Faune. (Catherine Trudeau/La Voix de l’Est)

Since 2014, Concordia University has been a scientific partner of the Granby Zoo.

“The two institutions have a common concern to work to improve the conservation of biodiversity and animal welfare in both zoological and natural environments. I can assure you that coexistence between humans and animals works. We hope this continues,” said Robert Weladji, professor in the biology department at Concordia University.

Carine Deland, director of conservation in Quebec for the Nature Conservancy of Canada, also welcomed the creation of Mission Faune.

“In collaboration with the Granby Zoo, we have led initiatives that have not only preserved ecologically sensitive habitats, but also supported the survival and recovery of certain species at risk such as turtles, salamanders and bats,” said Ms. Deland.

Turning the tide

Patrick Paré, director of conservation and research at the Granby Zoo, referred to the scientific journal Science which demonstrates that conservation efforts are bearing fruit by succeeding in protecting biodiversity and even turning the tide.

Mr. Paré gave the example of his organization which is involved in the protection of bats and in its interventions for the recovery of the spiny softshell turtle in Lake Champlain.

The Granby Zoo also encourages thousands of students to take part in wildlife preservation through its educational programs.

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