The Vancouver Island Marmot Recovery Foundation
  • Uniquely Canadian

    Published April 9, 2012 at 6:59 pm - No Comments Found only in Canada, the Vancouver Island marmot is one of the most rare and endangered animals in the world. Easy to identify from other marmots by their chocolate brown coats with contrasting white patches on their muzzles chest, and forehead, Vancouver Island marmots differ from other marmot species in behaviour, genetics and ecology. (Read more)

    Uniquely Canadian
  • Critically Endangered

    Published April 5, 2012 at 6:27 pm - No Comments Once distributed in alpine meadows throughout Vancouver Island, the marmot population rapidly declined in the 1990’s. By 1998, only 70 marmots were recorded in the wild.  (Read more)

    Critically Endangered
  • Emergency Measures Needed

    Published April 1, 2012 at 8:38 pm - No Comments It was clear only emergency intervention could save the Vancouver Island marmot from extinction. A captive breeding program was established to safeguard and maintain the genetic diversity of the species. And provide animals for annual release back to the wild to support and rebuild the wild populations.  (Read more)

    Emergency Measures Needed
  • You Can Help

    Published March 19, 2012 at 4:49 am - No Comments Vancouver Island marmot numbers are making a come-back in the wild thanks to our captive breeding and release efforts. But the populations are still too small and fragmented to continue to recover on their own. An important part of our Canadian diversity  -  their only chance for survival is with our help. (Find out more)

    You Can Help
  • Observer Program

    Published January 15, 2012 at 10:06 pm - No Comments If you’re out and about on Vancouver Island and you see a marmot, you can make a significant contribution to the project by taking careful notes of what you see and notifying our marmot crew as soon as possible. (Find out more about the Observer Program.)

    Observer Program


  • Pups Born In Captivity – 2013


    22 pups were born in partner breeding facilities across Canada. The captive population is a mature and healthy breeding population carefully maintained to protect its genetic diversity. (Read more...)

  • Highlights from the 2013 Season – 75-80 pups!

    2013 was a prolific year for the Vancouver Island marmots with 26 litters born in the wild totalling 75-80 pups! The excitement over the number of pups born this summer is only diminished by the knowledge that 85% of those pups were born in one small part of their historic habitat on Vancouver Island, east ...

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