After the population crash in the mid 1990s, the vast majority of the few Vancouver Island marmots remaining in the wild were located on private lands owned by forestry companies. Immediate and decisive action was needed to save our unique marmot from the threat of imminent extinction!
In response, a cooperative model for responsible species stewardship was formed between government, the forest industry and the public to answer that call to action.
The Marmot Recovery Foundation
Formed in 1998, the Foundation is a registered public charity working to save the endangered Vancouver Island marmot from extinction. The Foundation provides a direct link between government, industry and the public to ensure the long-term commitment necessary for species recovery. This is a strong innovative model of species stewardship, with each partner accountable to the other, unique in species recovery. Public donations are an essential piece of the funding puzzle and the keystone that holds the coalition together.
We depend on your help to:
- actively manage the captive population as a safeguard for the species and produce animals for reintroduction
- reintroduce captive-born marmots to the wild to increase the wild population
- improve mate selection and rebuild historic populations through transplanted or reintroduced marmots
- monitor, protect and support marmots in the wild
- test alternative methods and conduct research to determine how best to help the marmots become sustainable