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Keeping a watchful eye on wildlife

We've created a time-lapse video that showcases a selection of images captured.

June 2016 – We’ve been keeping a close eye on wildlife around our oil sands operations with remote cameras in northern Alberta for more than six years, improving our understanding of how animals interact with our facilities and resulting in improvements at our sites to help us minimize our impact.

The cameras are placed along our pipeline routes, winter access roads and seismic lines to photograph wildlife wandering through these areas. Between 2010 and the end of 2015, we had 163 cameras snapping photos along pipelines and other remote locations. During that time, the cameras were operating for a combined total of 178,866 days, which is the equivalent of capturing 490 years’ worth of data. Twenty-eight distinct animal species have been detected by the cameras including bears, deer, caribou, wolverines, lynx, wolves and coyotes.

“We’ve collected an incredible photo record of the animals around our operations, showing us a diverse number of animals,” says Jesse Wong, Senior Environmental Advisor. “We’re now doing more analysis to see how these photos can further improve our understanding around wildlife and what other possible steps we can take to improve our environmental performance.”

The number of cameras photographing wildlife activity and habitat has increased significantly over the last five years in our operating areas, giving us a larger data set from which to draw information and contributing to more informed decisions.

Wildlife at Cenovus

To read more examples about our work with wildlife, biodiversity and land, check out our most recent corporate responsibility report.

Caribou habitat

In June 2016 we announced an unprecedented commitment to restore caribou habitat in northeastern Alberta. We committed $32 million over 10 years to complete restoration work within an area of 3,900 square kilometres of fragmented boreal forest. Learn more about the program and watch a video.

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