Vancouver Island marmots

Jared Hobbs, a Victoria-based biologist and wildlife photographer, has a portfolio rich with images of some of the province’s most fragile creatures. For the Spring 2013 issue he turned his attention to the endangered Marmota vancouverensis. The species, found only on Vancouver Island, has been on the brink of extinction for roughly 35 years — only 22 existed in the wild just 10 years ago. But as Frances Backhouse reports in “The return of the marmot,” the efforts of a group of dedicated biologists are beginning to pay off.

Here, Hobbs shares additional images of the rare Vancouver Island marmot from his collection.

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