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Great news: Canada's most endangered animal (the Marmot) is making a comeback.

  

Category:  Fields and Streams

Via:  hallux  •  last year  •  11 comments

By:   Cheryl Santa Maria - Digital Journalist

Great news: Canada's most endangered animal (the Marmot) is making a comeback.
Vancouver Island marmots are exclusive to Canada, and only found on Vancouver Island.

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The Vancouver Island marmot is one of Canada's most endangered animals, with 2021 estimates suggesting there are around   250   individuals left.

But the beleaguered species just got a bit of a boost, thanks to the efforts of experts at the   Wilder Institute , a Calgary-based wildlife conservation group.

Officials announced the birth of the 14 pups in late June, marking the first generation of pups born at the Archibald Biodiversity Centre (ABC), the institute's new conservation breeding and research facility. At the time of the announcement, officials said 14 isn’t likely the final amount, with additional "surprise" pups on the way.

That has proven to be true, with three additional pups found after the announcement, bringing the total up to seventeen.

“We’ve been eagerly waiting all spring for these pups to start making an appearance,” Caitlin Slade, Manager of Animal Care ABC at the Wilder Institute,   said in a statement .

“After birth, Vancouver Island marmot pups will stay within their nest boxes with their mom and it’s important to not disturb them during the first two weeks after birth.”

There are currently three Vancouver Island marmot breeding facilities, the others residing within the Toronto Zoo and at the Tony Barrett Mt. Washington Marmot Recovery Centre.

Vancouver Island marmots are exclusive to Canada, and only found on Vancouver Island. In the 1990s, the species faced a dramatic decline - by 1998, only 78 remain.

Aggressive conservation efforts have helped population numbers more than triple in the past two decades. The pups recently born in Alberta will eventually be transferred to a recovery facility in B.C., and many will be released into the wild. Some may remain in captivity to increase genetic diversity for future breeding programs.

According to the Wilder Institute website, 157 of the 214 marmots born at the facility have been transported to B.C. for release.


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Hallux
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1  seeder  Hallux    last year

Get lost, I have humans to worry about.

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Buzz of the Orient
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1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Hallux @1    last year

I believe that was a prize-winning photo.

 
 
 
Hallux
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1.1.1  seeder  Hallux  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.1    last year

Apologies, the site photo was not available 

You are correct, the photo is by: Bao Yongqing , recently named Wildlife Photographer of the Year, explains how he captured that perfect moment on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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1.1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Hallux @1.1.1    last year

Evidence that marmots in the wild are not exclusive to Canada.

 
 
 
evilone
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2  evilone    last year

Good news for marmota vancouverensis! I really like these stories.

In other news the record longest Burmese python (19 feet) was found in FL this week working for the DeSantis campaign. jrSmiley_40_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Kavika
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2.1  Kavika   replied to  evilone @2    last year

We are in Monarch in the Key currently and wil be spending a few days in the ''glades'' on our way back to central Florida. I do not want to meet any of this snakes pissed of relatives.

 
 
 
evilone
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2.1.1  evilone  replied to  Kavika @2.1    last year

I don't mind snakes... as long as they are OVER THERE! Hahaha!

 
 
 
shona1
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2.1.2  shona1  replied to  evilone @2.1.1    last year

Morning Evil...nothing wrong with snakes...just have to keep away from the poisonous one's here..

Oooops come to think of it that's pretty well all of them..

 
 
 
shona1
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2.1.3  shona1  replied to  Kavika @2.1    last year

Morning...sounds nice.. enjoy and safe travels...

 
 
 
Kavika
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3  Kavika     last year

Beautiful Vancouver Island welcoming back some of its original inhabitants..Great news.

 
 
 
shona1
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4  shona1    last year

Morning...what a cutie..

 
 

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