Kangaroo rat spotted for the first time in 30 years


Today’s Video of the Day comes from researchers at the San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat) and the Terra Peninsular A.C. who have spotted the San Quintin kangaroo rat in Baja California.

The San Quintin kangaroo rat (Dipodomys gravipes) was listed as endangered by the Mexican government in 1994, as it had not been seen since 1986. It measures about 5 inches in length and is an herbivore with strong hind feet that allow it to bound around like a kangaroo.

The species was thought to have gone extinct as yet another casualty of agricultural conservation, as much of its native habitat had been converted to tomato and strawberry fields.

By Rory Arnold, Earth.com Staff Writer

Video Credit: Sula Vanderplank, San Diego Natural History Museum

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