PROTECTING ENDANGERED SPECIES
The Taylor's Checkerspot butterfly (TCB) is an Endangered species in Canada. Also known as Whulge or Edith's Checkerspot (Euphydryas editha taylori), it was once common in Garry Oak ecosystems, wet meadows and disturbed habitats.
These eye-catching little orange and black butterflies have disappeared from all but 15 locations in the world. Currently, the only known breeding sites for TCB’s in Canada are on Denman Island near Comox, but this population is severely at risk.
The Taylor's Checkerspot Butterfly Recovery Project has several simultaneous components, including: habitat enhancement at both existing sites and proposed translocation sites, monitoring TCB population trends and habitat, breeding and rearing butterflies at the Greater Vancouver Zoo, planning for future initiatives, and ensuring the public has opportunities to become involved in recovery efforts.