January 27, 2014 - 10:52 AM
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.
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