Is Canada about to say bye-bye to the beaver?
The buck-toothed, industrious little critter has long been the country’s national symbol. But the Calgary Zoo is now launching a contest to name “Canada’s Greatest Animal” as the nation celebrates its 150th birthday this year.
“It’s time to take a look at who represents the people of this great nation,” the zoo said in launching the poll. “A movement is growing- citizens looking for the national animal that represents the mature and diverse country that Canada has become.”
- great grey owl
- grey wolf
- grizzly bear
- Rocky Mountain goat
- whooping crane
So far, the beaver is being bumped from top spot by the grey wolf.
The contest is meant to be fun, but also teach the public about wildlife conservations
Photos Calgary Zoo