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Species at Risk

Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus

Opuntia humifusa

How can I help?

A pale yellow cactus flower.
Two factors are vital to the cactus's conservation: suitable habitat and stopping people from transplanting individual plants.
© Parks Canada / P. McCloskey / (64), 1976

If you are visiting Point Pelee National Park:

  • Follow park guidelines. Stay on trails and abide by the regulations to protect park vegetation, including the cactus.
  • View the cactus from a safe distance on the trails and encourage other visitors to do the same. If you witness cacti being damaged, please contact park staff.
  • Participate in interpretive programs and take advantage of the information provided in exhibits, publications and trail guides to learn more about species at risk.

At home:

  • Use native plants when landscaping. Obtain these plants from reputable sources that do not harm wild populations.
  • Learn more about which species at risk live near you and share what you learn with others.

Related Links

For more information on the Eastern prickly pear cactus and Point Pelee National Park, visit these Web sites: