Canon press release:
Canon U.S.A. Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of Wolf Restoration in Yellowstone National Park
Canon’s Longstanding Partnership with Yellowstone Forever has Supported Wildlife Research and Conservation in the Park for More Than 20 Years
MELVILLE, NY, March 3, 2020 – Enabling powerful research, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, celebrates the 25th anniversary of wolf restoration in Yellowstone National Park along with the company’s support for wildlife research and conservation in the park for more than 20 years. In 1995, the U.S. government restored wolves back to the park, where they had been absent for more than 70 years. Since the reintroduction, wolves have played a significant role in the park’s ecosystem and recently gray wolves have been delisted from the endangered species list in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.
Eyes on Yellowstone, an education and research program, has been made possible through Canon U.S.A. Inc.’s proud sponsorship with Yellowstone Forever, the park’s official non-profit partner. Canon’s sponsorship of Yellowstone Forever contributes to important scientific research, including the Yellowstone Wolf Project, and helps break new ground in conservation, endangered species protection, and the application of cutting-edge science and technology that is essential to managing Yellowstone National Park’s delicate ecosystems and wildlife.
“Being socially responsible has been part of Canon U.S.A.’s cultural DNA for decades. In recognizing that our corporate activities are supported by the development of society as a whole, we aim to achieve growth through sound business activities while contributing to the realization of a better society as a good corporate citizen,” said Joe Adachi, chairman and chief executive officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “We are honored to have played a role in research and conservation of wolves in Yellowstone National Park and celebrate the 25-year anniversary of the reintroduction of the wolf population into the park.”
Through the Yellowstone Wolf Project, Yellowstone National Park’s research has helped educate the staff as well as visitors regarding topics such as the evolution of wolves living in a social group or family, genetics and dog domestication, and how to positively impact other wildlife programs, especially other reintroduction programs, across the planet.
Over the past several years, Canon U.S.A.’s contribution has included state-of-the-art optics and financial support for the Yellowstone Wolf Project, including aerial monitoring of wolf packs in Yellowstone.
“Canon U.S.A. has been a steadfast partner to Yellowstone Forever, supporting a level of monitoring and research that would not have been possible without their generous contributions,” said John Walda, interim president and CEO of Yellowstone Forever. “Biologists have learned a great deal from this research, which has also benefited from the use of high-powered Canon zoom lenses with image-stabilizing capabilities, which allow them to capture images from airplanes.”
These startlingly clear aerial images have enabled wolf researchers to identify individual wolves in a pack, determine the presence and number of pups in a litter, and observe strategies that packs use to surround and kill prey.
For those wishing to learn more about what park biologists have learned from wolf research, Yellowstone National Park will air its #25YearsofWolves video series every Tuesday in March via Facebook Live. The video series, featuring the researchers who study wolves in Yellowstone, will premiere on March 3rd on Yellowstone National Park’s Facebook Page.
For more information about Canon U.S.A, visit www.usa.canon.com.
For more information about Yellowstone National Park, please visit https://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm
For more information about Yellowstone Forever, visit http://www.yellowstone.org
About Yellowstone Forever
Yellowstone Forever is the official nonprofit partner of Yellowstone National Park. It partners with Yellowstone National Park to create opportunities for all people to experience, enhance, and preserve Yellowstone forever.
The organization’s combined operations include 11 educational Park Stores with gross sales of over $5.1 million; the Yellowstone Forever Institute, which offers more than 600 in-depth programs each year; a supporter program of 85,000 Yellowstone enthusiasts raising funds to support critical park priority projects; and an online community of over 1 million worldwide.
Yellowstone Forever has provided over $106 million of cash support and over $64 million of in-kind support since 1933. Its mission of engagement and support through education and fundraising for the park will ensure Yellowstone remains for generations to come.