Endangered: Swift Fox of Alberta
By: Anika Plitt
Not many people know how serious the threat of extinction is for the swift fox. In the 1930's this fox almost dissapeared completely. They were reintroduced to Alberta, and their population is now estimated to be at around 300.
- The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society encouraged people to write to the Minister of Environment and ask him to bring a Species at Risk Act to the attention of the Federal Government. The 2012 Federal Budget Implementation Bill (Bill C-38) added changes to the Species at Risk Act (SARA) including allowing issuance of long-term permits for potentially harmful activities, and taking away the requirement of renewal for these permits. The Minister of Environment said that these changes could be made soon.
Left- Logo of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
- The Calgary Zoo is conducting important health, genetic and habitat research and the Centre for Conservation Research has been conducting a population census every five years to keep track of the progress. They have shown an extraordinary amount of success in the reintroduction of theses creatures.
Right- young swift fox from Calgary Zoo
How Can You Help?
- You can make a donation to WILDLIFE PRESERVATION CANADA
- Encourage people not to use pesticides, or at least use less of these chemicals
- Send a letter or e-mail to the government saying how much you care, and why you want to help.
- Support conservation groups
- Sign up at the Canadian Wilderness Charter to help others learn about the Swift fox