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Vancouver Island Wildlife - Pygmy Owl

Vancouver Island Wildlife

There is an incredible diversity of wildlife making Vancouver Island home. The sheer number of different habitats, ranging from semi-arid to alpine, means that a wide array of animals can live on the island, all making their living in way unique to their species. Being separated from the mainland, there are several species endemic to the island, including several Vancouver Island subspecies, and many of BC’s most endangered animals are also present.

Presented here is a sampling of the animal life on Vancouver Island. Some of the animals are fairly well known, such as the Vancouver Island marmot, and others are lesser known, or newly discovered, and are included to foster an appreciation for the incredible array of life present on the island. Though the animal life is currently rich and diverse, there are some major threats facing species living on Vancouver Island, and these are summarized as well.



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