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Granby, 1 May 2019 – The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and the Zoo de Granby announce a five-year partnership as part of a joint initiative to protect the habitat of threatened or vulnerable species in Québec.
The two organizations are combining their expertise to protect the environment of turtles, bats, raptors, aerial insectivorous birds, such as chimney swift and common nighthawk, purple salamander and southern flying squirrel, among others.
The Zoo de Granby will contribute $100,000 towards NCC’s land securement projects to protect natural areas forever. The funds must be directed to sites that have some of these threatened or vulnerable species. NCC will raise the remaining funds that are required to acquire the lands for conservation.
Zoos and conservation organizations: a win-win combination
Together, the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Zoo de Granby are combining their expertise in species monitoring, property monitoring, and natural environment restoration, as well as in awareness and education activities. Through this agreement, the Zoo de Granby demonstrates that zoos have a major role to play in protecting wildlife habitats, by using their expertise to ensure the preservation of the natural environments that surround them and to have a real impact on their community.
For its part, NCC enables the Zoo de Granby to carry out the conservation aspect of its mission by supplying NCC’s expertise in the planning, securement and stewardship of natural environments.
“Habitat loss is one of the most significant threats to animal species. This project to secure natural environments on private land thus becomes the starting point for sustained and concerted conservation actions.” – Patrick Paré, Director of Conservation & Research at the Zoo de Granby.
“By donating part of their profits to support conservation projects, the Zoo de Granby is making an exemplary gesture, which we hope will inspire other organizations. We look forward to working with them to protect the habitats of these wildlife species across the province.” - Valérie René, project coordinator with the Nature Conservancy of Canada.