- June 10, 2014
The Calgary Zoo may have hatched a solution to the feared extinction of the greater sage grouse.
Plucking a baker’s dozen of greater sage grouse eggs from Alberta’s prairies, the zoo has managed to successfully hatch 11 of them, marking a conservation first in Canada.
Dr. Axel Moehrenschlager, head of conservation and research at the zoo, said left unaided the species would almost certainly die out in Canada — and soon.
“The projection is the species would be lost in the country in the next two to five years,” he said.
“This is the beginning of a real concerted effort that will take at least 10 years.”