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

  • 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 … Continue reading

    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 … Continue reading

    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.) Continue reading

    Observer Program


  • Pups Born In Captivity – 2015


    Fifteen new marmot pups are facing a brighter future. Since the birth of the very first Vancouver Island marmot pups in captivity in 2000, 167 weaned litters have been born totalling 566 pups.

  • Marmot surveys – by helicopter!


    Vancouver Island has mountains galore, but these mountains really vary in their size, spread, and accessibility. In the Nanaimo Lakes region, for instance, there are over a dozen mountains with Vancouver Island marmot colonies where field crew can drive close … Continue reading

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