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Calgary Zoo to provide polar bear sanctuary as part of redeveloped Canadian Wilds zone

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CALGARY, AB – Some big changes are coming to one area at the Calgary Zoo.

The Zoo is undertaking a massive project to redevelop the Canadian Wilds zone and deepen its focus on Canadian Arctic species, including providing sanctuary to polar bears.

Over $31 million is being spent on this project, with half coming from the Alberta government.

In an announcement this week, Calgary Zoo President, Dr. Clément Lanthier said this all possible thanks to the significant investment from the province and a generous donation from the Taylor Family Foundation. “The Calgary Zoo’s redeveloped Canadian Wilds zone will become one of the most comprehensive and engaging experiences of iconic Canadian wildlife and habitats anywhere in North America.”

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The redeveloped Canadian Wilds aims to offer more engaging experiences for visitors and proactively use storytelling to inspire and educate people about the importance of biodiversity and the complex survival challenges facing iconic Canadian wildlife, like polar bears.

In a news released issued Tuesday, the Zoo states climate change has created a “survival crisis” for polar bears with less sea ice for the animals to roam. That has meant the bears have been found more often resting on arctic coastlines which makes them likely to come into contact with people.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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