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Rangewide Giant Kangaroo Rat Surveys & Monitoring Optimization

Adult Heermanns kangaroo rat


March 2016 - December 2018


The goal of this project will be to determine the current range and status of the state- and federally-endangered Giant Kangaroo Rat (GKR).
Due to the ongoing drought, and concerns over long-term permanent changes in climate within GKR habitat, there is a critical need to understand population dynamics within all GKR colonies across their range. As the five-year review in 2010, the status of GKR in many parts of its range was unknown and the most recent surveys of the satellite colonies occurred in the late 1980s. Acquiring baseline data throughout the range of GKR is necessary for long-term management and recovery of the species as well as assessing the potential impacts of development projects.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 1

Masters Students: 10

Phd Students: 0

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 10

Scientific Publications: 4

Presentations: 23



  • Margaret WilzbachCo-Principal Investigator

Funding Agencies

  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife


California Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  2. Humboldt State University
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute