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Comox Valley Visitor’s Centre Features Rarest Marmot In The World!


If you’ve never seen a Vancouver Island marmot here’s your chance.

Just opened, this state of the art Visitor’s Centre will feature interactive alpine, ocean, agricultural and forest related displays including a life-sized marmot burrow

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Uniquely Canadian

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. 

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Critically Endangered

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)

Emergency Measures Needed

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)

You Can Help

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)

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