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Partners: U.S. Forest Service, Arizona Game and Fish, Phoenix Zoo
Scientific Name: Tamiasciurus hudsonicus grahamensis
Overview: Mild winters and multiple insect infestations have significantly affected the spruce-fir forest habitat of Arizona's Pinaleno Mountains— the only place the endangered Mount Graham red squirrel occurs. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service scientists, along with state wildlife agency and U.S. Forest Service partners, are working with the Phoenix Zoo to develop a pilot breeding program to help the species rebound.