Caribou Conservation Breeding Proposal

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Caribou herds in Jasper National Park are at risk

Caribou have roamed the peaks and valleys of what is now Jasper National Park for millennia. They rely on the vast and undisturbed habitat found in the mountains and forests of the Rocky Mountains. Records show that there were several herds with hundreds of animals throughout most of the 1900s. But over the last fifty years, those numbers have become drastically lower. The Banff and Maligne herds have disappeared. Today, the Tonquin herd has an estimated 55 animals and the Brazeau herd has less than 15. With very few reproductive females in the park, the survival of these small caribou herds is precarious.

Without intervention, the Tonquin and Brazeau herds will eventually disappear from Jasper National Park


Parks Canada envisions a future with caribou herds that can thrive on their own

Parks Canada is proposing a conservation breeding strategy to rebuild small caribou herds in Jasper National Park. The park provides a unique, protected space where southern mountain caribou herds may have the best chance of recovery and long-term survival. With continued action by Parks Canada to minimize threats to caribou, the existing ecological conditions in the park can support larger caribou populations. By rebuilding the dwindling herds of caribou in Jasper National Park, we can ensure the continued existence of some of the world’s southernmost caribou.

A conservation breeding program is the best option to rebuild small caribou herds in Jasper National Park


Proposal for Consultation: Conservation breeding strategy to rebuild small caribou herds in Jasper National Park


Why is caribou recovery in Jasper important?

Southern mountain caribou is one of six species identified by the Government of Canada as a priority for conservation action. This priority status is based on their ecological, social, and cultural value to Canadians, and because their recovery can significantly support other species at risk and overall biodiversity within the ecosystems they inhabit.

More information can be found at parkscanada.gc.ca/caribou-jasper


We want to hear from you!

Please click on each of the tabs below (Ideas, Forum, Stories, Questions) to more learn about the proposed conservation breeding program. The full proposal is also available online and can be downloaded.

Then join the discussion. Let us know your ideas or any comments you have on each of the different elements of the proposal in the Forum.


Caribou herds in Jasper National Park are at risk

Caribou have roamed the peaks and valleys of what is now Jasper National Park for millennia. They rely on the vast and undisturbed habitat found in the mountains and forests of the Rocky Mountains. Records show that there were several herds with hundreds of animals throughout most of the 1900s. But over the last fifty years, those numbers have become drastically lower. The Banff and Maligne herds have disappeared. Today, the Tonquin herd has an estimated 55 animals and the Brazeau herd has less than 15. With very few reproductive females in the park, the survival of these small caribou herds is precarious.

Without intervention, the Tonquin and Brazeau herds will eventually disappear from Jasper National Park


Parks Canada envisions a future with caribou herds that can thrive on their own

Parks Canada is proposing a conservation breeding strategy to rebuild small caribou herds in Jasper National Park. The park provides a unique, protected space where southern mountain caribou herds may have the best chance of recovery and long-term survival. With continued action by Parks Canada to minimize threats to caribou, the existing ecological conditions in the park can support larger caribou populations. By rebuilding the dwindling herds of caribou in Jasper National Park, we can ensure the continued existence of some of the world’s southernmost caribou.

A conservation breeding program is the best option to rebuild small caribou herds in Jasper National Park


Proposal for Consultation: Conservation breeding strategy to rebuild small caribou herds in Jasper National Park


Why is caribou recovery in Jasper important?

Southern mountain caribou is one of six species identified by the Government of Canada as a priority for conservation action. This priority status is based on their ecological, social, and cultural value to Canadians, and because their recovery can significantly support other species at risk and overall biodiversity within the ecosystems they inhabit.

More information can be found at parkscanada.gc.ca/caribou-jasper


We want to hear from you!

Please click on each of the tabs below (Ideas, Forum, Stories, Questions) to more learn about the proposed conservation breeding program. The full proposal is also available online and can be downloaded.

Then join the discussion. Let us know your ideas or any comments you have on each of the different elements of the proposal in the Forum.

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