FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 5, 2013
CONTACT: San Diego Zoo Global
Photo News Release
Endangered Pacific Pocket Mouse Has Late-night Lettuce
A critically endangered Pacific pocket mouse nibbles on lettuce at an off-exhibit breeding facility at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. This animal is a part of the first-ever breeding program for the native-California species, which has yielded five litters of pups since June.
These nocturnal animals, which weigh less than 9 grams, usually eat seeds and are known to eat insects. They don’t drink water but rather get their hydration from the water in the vegetation they eat.
The breeding of the Pacific pocket mouse is managed by the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Scientists working on the breeding program expect to increase the overall population and also maintain genetic diversity in the species.
Photos taken at 8 p.m. on Sept. 4, 2013, by Tammy Spratt, San Diego Zoo Global
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