This Wildlife Wednesday, learn about the Vancouver Island marmot - Canadas most endangered (and possibly cutest?) mammal.
This Wildlife Wednesday, learn about the Vancouver Island marmot—Canada’s most endangered (and possibly cutest?) mammal.
Habitat: They only live in one place in the world: Vancouver Island, off the coast of British Columbia.
What are marmots?
If you’re wondering what a marmot is, you’re not alone! They’re technically large ground squirrels, and the Vancouver Island marmot is only one type out of approximately 14 species. Other marmot species live as far away from Vancouver Island as India.
Vancouver Island marmot trivia
Why they’re threatened
Predators such as wolves, cougars, and even eagles prey on marmots, but they’re not the only reason why they’re endangered—logging practices also put Vancouver Island marmots at risk of extinction by concentrating their population, making them more vulnerable to predators. Disease outbreaks and climate change may also be factors. A 2001 population estimate counted only 75 animals.
How to help Vancouver Island marmots
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