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Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada

Species at risk

A caribou skull lies on a bed of mosses and lichens
This skull reminds us that woodland caribou once lived in Cape Breton. Luckily caribou still live in other parts of the world. For an increasing number of species worldwide, bones are all we have left.
© Cape Breton Highlands National Park / H. MacLeod

There are billions of species in the world, many not yet discovered. The rate at which species go extinct has been estimated to be one species every twenty minutes!

This is a cause for concern and emphasises the importance of assessing and protecting species at risk.

Cape Breton Highlands National Park is located on an island of protected land isolated by mountains and ocean. Island populations are thought to be more vulnerable to extinction because of their small size and isolation.

What is a "species at risk"?

Species at risk are in danger of dying out in the world or in a certain part of the world.

What species are at risk in Northern Cape Breton?

Why should we care? The importance of biodiversity

Biodiversity is a term meaning all the different kinds of plants, animals and habitats that exist in a certain place or in the world.

What causes a species to be at risk?

Species become at risk for many different reasons. The major cause is loss of habitat. The area where a species lives is important for its survival. If its habitat is destroyed, the species may not be able to survive.

How is Parks Canada helping species at risk in Cape Breton?

How can you help?