Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Not Something to Grouse About: Calgary Zoo Hatches 50 Endangered Birds

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Not Something to Grouse About: Calgary Zoo Hatches 50 Endangered Birds

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50 juveniles cause to celebrate at Calgary Zoo

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CALGARY - The Calgary Zoo says it has successfully hatched several dozen greater sage grouse in an effort to bolster the endangered prairie bird's population.

The zoo says eight hens, six males and 50 juveniles are thriving at its Devonian Wildlife Conservation Centre.

The goal is to eventually reintroduce some of the birds into the wild, where fewer than 400 remain.

Greater sage grouse are threatened by habitat destruction and human development.

The zoo says there are only five mating grounds -- known as leks -- left in Canada: two in Saskatchewan and three in Alberta.

The Calgary Zoo opened its breeding facility last fall.

"Saving greater sage grouse is important, but it is not easy. …

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