April 23, 2016
The San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is continuing success with a breeding program for the endangered Pacific pocket mouse. Thought to have been extinct in the 1980s but rediscovered in 1993, the goal of San Diego Global is to bring this species back from the brink of extinction. “Pacific pocket mice are critical to their ecosystem function,” said Debra Shier, Ph.D., Brown endowed associate director of applied animal ecology for the San Diego Institute for Conservation Research. Since 2012, the program has used appropriate technologies to breed Pacific pocket mice under their natural habitat conditions. Since February 2016, the fourth breeding season already yielded 19 Pacific pocket mouse pups and are preparing to release 50 Pacific pocket mice into coastal habitat in Southern California by June 2016. These efforts inspire children through the San Diego Zoo Kids network worldwide.
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