Conservation

The Muskoka Wildlife Centre wass an industry leader when it came to wildlife education and conservation of native fauna within the province of Ontario. We worked co-operatively with the private sector and government agencies, across North America, in the creation and implementation of many tangible wildlife related projects. The centre worked closely with rehabilitation and zoological facilities in providing permanent housing for many un-releasable wild creatures and acted as a placement agency for others, housing them temporarily until a suitable home could be found. This service also included placing exotic animals that were confiscated, and we were for a time, the official pound keepers, when it came to these creatures, for the township of Gravenhurst. We also have worked with engagement ring companies and how the mining of diamonds in Canada and elsewhere has been affecting the wild animals in those areas.

The Muskoka Wildlife Centre acted as a liaison between scientific study groups and the public, relaying information received from groups like the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, the barn owl recovery team, Wolverine Foundation, and others about ongoing field research. We also distributed valuable literature, to Ontario citizens, about the Reptile Awareness Program, Frog Watch Ontario, Dealing With Black Bears, and much more, received from other conservation organizations.

The centre maintained the largest, live-animal accompanied, education program of it's kind in Canada, it delivered over 1,300 on-site and off-site presentations each year at venues across the province. Members of the Muskoka Wildlife Centre's education team were certified by the Canadian Wildlife Federation, in partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ontario Forestry Association and one of our directors was the new, on screen, youth representative for the CWF/Environment Canada Hinterland's Who's Who public service announcements. Our public education work also included our participation in the creation of wildlife documentary films for production companies, that aired on networks like the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. Staff of the Muskoka Wildlife Centre were routinely hired as scientific advisors for these and other projects and often lectured on wildlife related subjects at post secondary schools and at conferences province wide.

When appropriate, most animals housed at our centre were neutered or spayed. This ensured that they didn't propagate and contribute to the on-going problem of having a shortage of credible facilities to properly maintain the over abundance of wild creatures that needed to be placed in captive homes. We provided for eleven species at risk and animals like our wolverines were allowed to produce young, if they were taking part in tangible breeding programs like the Canadian Collections Plan or the Species Survival Plan. The Muskoka Wildlife Centre was also instrumental in the passing of Ontario municipal by-laws for the protection of wildlife in assuring that inappropriate animals were not kept as pets.