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.
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.