Alberta’s Jasper National Park will start a new caribou conservation breeding program aimed at supporting the southern mountain caribou recovery, as announced by Steven Guilbeault, minister of environment and climate change and minister responsible for Parks Canada.
The program is the first of its kind, according to a press release.
It will involve constructing a breeding facility in the park, establishing collaboration agreements with Indigenous partners, determining the best approach to source additional caribou from other populations, and developing detailed operational plans to ensure the health and well-being of animals involved in the program.
The decision to move forward with the conservation breeding program was informed by comprehensive research, consultations with experts in caribou ecology and conservation breeding, discussions with provincial jurisdictions, feedback from Indigenous partners and stakeholders, public consultations, and a detailed impact assessment.
Parks Canada is committed to working collaboratively with Indigenous peoples in this conservation effort.
Jasper National Park is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including southern mountain caribou, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, grizzly bears, and black bears. Visitors are encouraged to practice responsible wildlife viewing and respect the animals’ natural habitat.
In addition to the caribou conservation breeding program, Jasper National Park offers visitors a wide range of activities, including hiking, camping, fishing, kayaking, and skiing. One of the most notable features of the park is the abundance of glaciers, which have shaped the landscape for millions of years.
Visitors can explore one of the many hiking trails, such as the iconic Skyline Trail, which offers unparalleled views of the surrounding mountains, valleys, and glaciers.
The park also offers scenic drives along the Icefields Parkway, connecting Jasper National Park to Banff National Park and offering stunning views of glaciers, waterfalls, and mountain peaks.
With its abundant wildlife, stunning natural features, and wide range of recreational activities, Jasper National Park is a prime destination for nature lovers, adventurers, and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
The new caribou conservation breeding program is an important step in supporting the recovery of this iconic species and preserving the park’s natural heritage for generations to come.