The CEI was founded in 1964 for the purpose of ecosystem restoration through reintroduction, public education, wildlife rescue rehabilitation with return to the wild and non-intrusive wildlife research. In 1971, the Institute initiated and implemented the successful world famous Swift fox reintroduction program in Canada and the USA. Over the length of the program (1971 – 2005) the CEI provided over 1,000 captive bred Swift fox for reintroduction back into its native habitat, developed and proved non-intrusive methods of monitoring the Swift fox (and other wild species) after release. CEI also provides accredited external supervision for undergraduate and graduate research. These include students from universities in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Iran, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, UK and the USA.
Since 1967, CEI has seen most of Alberta’s Indigenous wildlife come through its gates, including owls, hawks, falcons, waterfowl, cranes, loons, starlings, waxwings, porcupines, foxes, badgers, moose, elk, deer, bears, bobcats, lynx and squirrels. We also have our resident bison and some long-term wildlife rescues to observe. Learn more about our award-winning programs, exciting new research projects and how we save animals that are orphaned or injured.