Marmots Are Teaching Their Captive-Bred Friends How to Live in the Wild

Mountaineering throughout Vancouver Island’s Mount Washington, marmot keeper Jordyn Alger is perplexed. “I’ve in no way not viewed a marmot on a wander right here before,” she claims. Even with her radio-tracking products, she’s occur up limited this incredibly hot July afternoon. But as Alger speaks, as if to reward her optimism, a tagged wild marmot seems on a log, eyeing us.

The consistency of her sightings reveals an extremely powerful application of rehabilitation, bringing critically endangered Vancouver Island marmots (Marmota vancouverensis) back from in close proximity to extinction.

The species is distinguished from the other five North American marmot species — and fourteen far more worldwide — by its dark brown fur. Landscape changes, frequently linked to trees encroaching on their most well-liked open areas, on Vancouver Island through the 20th century fragmented the marmots’ mountain habitat, leaving populations isolated. By 2003, there ended up fewer than

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