This is unique to the area within and near the San Joaquin Valley, California, USA. Habitat destruction due to agricultural development and urbanization has endangered this species, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature has rated its conservation status as "vulnerable."
Why are Fresno kangaroo mice endangered?
The Fresno kangaroo rat was thought to be extinct by the early 1900s, but was rediscovered in 1933. By 1974, the known habitats of these animals had been reduced and fragmented, primarily due to agricultural development, urbanization and transport infrastructure.
Why are Steven kangaroo mice endangered?
The Stevens kangaroo rat (Dipodomys stephensi) is a nocturnal rodent that is endemic to southwestern California. This species was listed as a federal endangered species in 1988 after half of its historically occupied habitat was lost due to residential, commercial and agricultural development.
What is the threat of kangaroo mice?
Urban and industrial development, oil and mineral exploration and mining, new energy and water transport facilities, and the construction of communications and transport infrastructure continue to destroy and diminish huge kangaroo rat habitats. And further increase the threat to the species.
What are the enemies of kangaroo mice?
Unfortunately, kangaroo mice have many predators. There are many creatures who want to make delicious meals from this little creature. Owls, snakes, bobcats, foxes, badgers, coyotes, ringtails, and your cats and dogs are just a few.