Wildlife Preservation Canada

5420 Highway 6 North
Guelph, ON N1H 6J2
Founder: Gerald Durrell
Executive Director: Dr. Lance Woolaver

Charitable Reg. #:89171 0535 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 59 cents are available for programs.

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About Wildlife Preservation Canada:

Founded in 1985, Wildlife Preservation Canada (WPC) works to save species at risk from extinction in Canada. WPC uses science-based techniques such as conservation breeding and release, reintroduction, and translocation. In F2018, WPC’s conservation initiatives were centered around reptiles and amphibians, pollinators, and birds. In F2018, WPC spent $756k on its efforts of which 41% was spent on reptiles & amphibians, 24% on pollinators, 21% on birds, and 14% on other.

WPC’s reptiles and amphibians initiatives focused on the Oregon spotted frogs and western painted turtles of the Fraser Valley Wetlands, and the Massasauga rattlesnakes in Ojibway Prairie. In F2018, it released 2,300 spotted frog tadpoles and 122 painted turtles back into the wild. WPC also carried out 300 field surveys to locate Massasauga rattlesnakes, however they only found five. WPC estimates that there are fewer than nine left in the Ojibway Prairie.

The Native Pollinators initiative works to save the yellow-banded bumble bees and Taylor’s Checkerspot butterflies in British Columbia. Through its breeding program, WPC released 150 Taylor’s Checkerspot caterpillars in F2018. Through 103 field surveys, WPC submitted 5,229 sightings to the North American Bumble Bee Watch database.  

Through its birds initiatives, the charity works to save the Eastern Loggerhead Shrikes living in Ontario. Through WPC’s breeding program, 130 shrikes were born and released into the wild. WPC has noticed that many of the shrikes released into the wild did not return to Canada in the spring (9 in F2018) and as a result have outfitted 14 birds with radio trackers. WPC is hoping to identify the migration routes and figure out why the birds aren’t returning in the spring.

The charity also runs a granting program called New Noah. This program selects a graduate student and sends them to the island of Mauritius for 6 months of practical experience. This student works with species and habitat recovery teams to save the island’s native wildlife. Upon their return, the recipient attends a 12-week course at the Durrell Conservation Academy on the Island of Jersey. In F2018, WPC granted $15k (2% of program costs) to fund this experience.


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Wildlife Preservation Canada is a small charity with donations of $604k in F2018. Administrative costs are 11% of revenues and fundraising costs are 31% of donations. For every dollar donated to the charity, 59 go to the cause. This is outside Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The charity has funding reserves of $1.2m. The charity’s reserves can cover program costs for one and a half years.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Wildlife Preservation Canada. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 25, 2019 by Stefan Tetzlaff.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 10.5%6.6%5.9%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 31.0%19.2%22.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 153.8%99.3%51.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 603,904902,057558,086
Government funding 407,203460,211557,309
Other income 21,45017,2878,080
Total revenues 1,032,5571,379,5551,123,475
Program costs 756,292720,048827,709
Grants 15,18567,29242,896
Administrative costs 119,66898,13288,870
Fundraising costs 187,407172,839122,753
Cash flow from operations (45,995)321,24441,247
Funding reserves 1,186,173782,119451,632

Note: Ci recognized deferred donations as revenue affecting total revenue by $61k in F2018, $78k in F2017, and $116k in F2016. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 5

Avg. Compensation: $69,470

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

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