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Gordon Blankstein

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Gordon Blankstein has a gift for communicating with animals. His wife Yvonne has nicknamed him “Dr. Doolittle”. Here we see him with two mountain bongos.

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Gordon Blankstein

Giving back to nature

Gordon Blankstein was born in Brandon, Manitoba. After completing his Bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences and his MBA at the University of British Columbia, he went into business. Ventures in several industries, including restaurants, telecommunications and mining, helped him save a significant amount of money for him to use to make his lifelong dream come true. With the help of his wife Yvonne, he purchased a sprawling property in the Fort Langley area, where they founded the Mountain View Conservation and Breeding Centre in 1986. 

Gordon and his wife raise some of the world’s most endangered animal species, here in Canada. Their aim is to return these animals to the wild in their native countries. For Gordon Blankstein, it’s a way of giving back to nature what it lost because of us.

Recreating the right conditions

The Mountain View Conservation and Breeding Centre is home to about 50 animal species from around the world. Most of these species face extinction in their native countries.

The goal of Gordon Blankstein and his wife Yvonne is to provide the animals with a habitat conducive to their survival and reproduction.

One of the first critically endangered species he welcomed on his farm in 1987 was an addax, also called screwhorn antelope. Only about 100 of these animals still exist in the wild, in small groups scattered across North Africa. Thanks to the efforts of Mountain View, the first herd of addax has been reintroduced in a conservation park in Senegal.

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Centre Mountain View

Par Équipe Humanima, 2010-03-01, 12h30

@Gerome. Quelques mois après le tournage de l’épisode portant sur Gordon Blankstein, une plainte anonyme à été déposée auprès de la SPCA de la Colombie-Britannique de la part de certains employés et anciens employés du Centre Mountain View. Lorsque nous avons choisi ce sujet, aucune plainte n’avait jamais été déposée à la SPCA contre ce centre qui collabore avec plusieurs ministères provinciaux et nationaux sur le rétablissement de la marmotte de l’Ile de Vancouver et d’autres espèces animales menacées au Canada. Le centre est aussi accrédité par la Caza (Canadian association of zoos and aquarium), l’organisme qui régit les institutions zoologiques au Canada qui lui a remis deux prix en 2008. Nous suivons donc ce dossier avec un grand intérêt. La SPCA doit rendre son verdict complet d’ici quelques semaines suite à l’autopsie des girafes décédées.

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Par Gerome, 2010-02-24, 12h30

Si Gordon parle avec les animaux et connait leurs besoins, pourquoi alors leur refuse-t-il les soins veterinaires même quand la SPCA le lui ordonne? Pourquoi, dans les hivers froids du Canada, refuse-t-il de fournir du chauffage pour des animaux tropicaux et les laisse mourrir de froid? Et quand les vétérinaires constatent que c'est le froid qui a tué ces animaux, Gordon le nie. Je pense que peut-être Gordon n'écoute pas les animaux mais seulement son envie égoiste de faire parader ces animaux qu'il a achetés devant les gens et les caméras.

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