Endangered Species in Canada

From orcas to owls, help your kids get to know Canada’s species at risk and how to protect them

5/ Eastern prickly pear cactus


Cacti don't only grow in the desert. This species is native to Ontario, but we won’t find it there much longer if we’re not careful. It has suffered as a result of people digging it up in parks to bring home and transplant into their own gardens. In combination with shoreline erosion within its main habitat, few cacti patches are left in the province.


Region: Ontario, mainly Pelee National Park


Take Action: Enjoy the plants in the wild, but keep your distance.


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