YWP Nutrition

The Yukon Wildlife Preserve has been working in conjunction with the Canadian Association Of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) to improve the nutrition of not only our animals, but captive northern ungulates all over north America.

The following is an excerpt from the CAZA-NARG August 2010 Newsletter.

" Northern ungulates such as caribou and moose are most often fed a commercial pellet in captivity that is based on aspen wood and soybean. These products have been available for over a decade and are an improvement over previous captive diets for these species. However, in the past 10 years, research on the use of aspen wood/soybean products have shown that it is actually only one of many steps towards developing the optimum pellet to feed to captive browsing and intermediate species.

In partnership with Yukon Wildlife Preserve (Whitehorse, Yukon Territory) and their staff veterinarian, Dr. Maria Hallock, we have developed a “next generation” of browser pellet. This “next generation” of browser pellet is based on the feeding ecology of wild browsing and intermediate species. Yukon Wildlife Preserve has been funding the costs for manufacturing and laboratory analysis of this work. Initial feed trials with several browsing and intermediate northern ungulate species are proving to support the formulation of this pellet. By the end of summer, 2010, we will be inviting zoos and wildlife parks to participate in feeding trials using the new formulation. At this time, we have 5 zoos and wildlife parks interested in this research and are in the process of inviting students to participate. The ultimate goal of this project is to produce a formulation that will be provided free-of-charge to zoological institutions for manufacture at a feed mill close to their location.

All ingredients in the formulation are selected for optimum nutrition and least cost indices to produce an affordable product. Manufacture at a location close to a zoological institution will reduce transportation costs. Of course, because a name brand is not associated with the product, additional costs for branding do not exist. The nutrition initiative for moose and caribou is expected to continue into 2011."

CanNor commits $1.929 million to new Animal Care Facility

The Yukon Wildlife Preserve will receive $1.929 million from the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency for a new animal care facility.

Home to nearly 150 northern mammals living in diverse natural environments, the Yukon Wildlife Preserve offers education, conservation, research and recreational opportunities - and an unforgettable experience for students, Yukoners and visitors to the Territory.

In collaboration with Environment Yukon, the preserve provides rescue and rehabilitation services for wildlife in Yukon. The new animal care facility will provide much improved examination, surgery, recovery and quarantine space for resident and rescue mammals and birds. The building is designed to support research and expanded educational programming.

“Since opening in 2004, we have received increasing numbers of injured and orphaned birds and mammals for rehabilitation,” said Krista Prochazka, Executive Director of the Yukon Wildlife Preserve. “We are proud of our quality animal care and are tremendously grateful for this funding, and for the support of Environment Yukon in facilitating this agreement.”

“Our Society operates under the three main principles of conservation, education and research,” added Kim Porter, President of the not-for-profit Yukon Wildlife Preserve Operating Society. “Funding for a new animal care facility will provide us with improved capacity to collaborate with students and researchers to further our mandate.”

The preserve supports a variety of research projects, including research related to arctic and boreal ecology, as well as animal health. With the completion of this new facility in Spring 2011, greatly improved infrastructure will allow the preserve to build on its existing partnerships to expand its unique rehabilitation, research and educational capabilities.

YWP in the news

Wildlife preserve opens doors to winter visitors December 10/2008, Yukon News.

Owl hit by car takes flight in Yukon April 27/2009, CBC News.

Wild Life: Even For the Yukon, This Office is Wild, June 11/2009, What's up Yukon.

Wild Life: If There are Babies, It Must Be Spring , June 25/2009, What's up Yukon.

Sun and Games: Exploring the Wonder of Yukon Wild , July 9/2009, What's up Yukon.

Education Works: Carlos & Cloe: A Friendship 'Preserved', July 23/2009, What's up Yukon.

Wild Life: All for the Love of a ... , July 23/2009, What's up Yukon.

Wild Life: The 'End', August 6/2009, What's up Yukon.