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Two rescued Mt. Graham red squirrels at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Southwest Region, October 29, 2004
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Two 5-week old, nearly starved Mt. Graham red squirrels were rescued (by University of Arizona biolgists who were studying and monitoring squirrel middens) when the lactating mother died at the monitored midden site. The male and female siblings were transferred to a local, Federal and State-permitted Tucson wildlife rehabilitator, whose excellent care successfully allowed the squirrels to thrive. After about 6 months, the two Mt. Graham red squirrels were transferred to suitable housing at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum for research into care and handling techniques for use in possible efforts aimed at future captive rearing. These squirrels were considered 'lost' to the local breeding population on the mountain because of their mother's death before they were weaned; they now provide an excellent opportunity for care and handling research. The Mt. Graham red squirrel Recovery Team is revising the existing recovery plan.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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