The San Quintín Kangaroo Rat is Not Extinct
Tremor, Scott B.
Vanderplank, Sula E.
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The San Quint<strong>í</strong>n kangaroo rat (Dipodomys gravipes) is a medium-sized kangaroo rat restricted to a stretch of coastal habitat from San Telmo to El Rosario, Baja California, Mexico. Agriculture in the San Quint<strong>í</strong>n area began in 1891 when British farmers converted parts of the landscape to agriculture. Now, much of the preferred habitat in the documented range of the species has been converted to agriculture. Dipodomys gravipes has a high affinity for flat terrain and is intolerant of cultivation. As a result of extensive and profound habitat alteration by agriculture, D. gravipes has been listed as endangered by the Mexican government. Since then, and given the lack of further captures, biologists and conservationists have feared the species could be extinct. However, Tremor and Vanderplank captured four specimens on 4 July 2017 on Mesa Agua Chiquita near San Quintín.