Meet Monty. Monty arrived at the Calgary Zoo as an unhatched egg from Montana and joined the zoo team at the Snyder-Wilson Family Greater Sage-Grouse Pavilion in spring 2019.
The sex of greater sage-grouse chicks aren’t distinguishable early on. But, shortly after he was born, Monty started strutting his body-popping mating dance, on a communal dancing ground called a “lek”, so we gave him a masculine name. We’re hopeful this special bird and his dance moves, will establish himself with our hens next breeding season as the ‘most desirable bachelor’ and his offspring will help save the wild greater sage-grouse from disappearing from Canada.
Watch the ‘dance’
Monty remains a staff favourite at the Devonian Wildlife Conservation Centre, “helping” the staff clean his habitat by getting in the way, and busting a move, hoping we’ll compliment him on his moves (which we do!).
This month, the Calgary Zoo will release nearly 80 greater sage-grouse into native prairie in Alberta on a Nature Conservancy of Canada site and at Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan. Our goal of this project is to increase the wild population through captive breeding and release, to work with partners who conserve and enhance important greater sage-grouse habitat, and to continue our work to save this endangered species. The Calgary Zoo began this breeding program in 2014 and now have a sustainable breeding population dedicated to the recovery of this iconic prairie bird.
Why do we care about Monty, the hens and their offspring?
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