Species Profile
Giant Kangaroo Rat
Species Details
Common NameGiant Kangaroo Rat
Scientific NameDipodomys Ingens
Federal Listing StatusEndangered
Federal Regulating AgencyU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
State Listing StatusEndangered (CA)
State Regulating AgencyCalifornia Department of Fish and Game
IUCN Red List StatusCritically Endangered A1a, B1+2c (2000)
Banks
- Coles Levee Ecosystem Preserve

Species Range
The giant kangaroo rat population is currently fragmented into six major geographic units. The units located in the southern San Joaquin Valley are: the Kettleman Hills in Kings County; and western Kern County in the area of the Lokern, Elk Hills, and other uplands around McKittrick, Taft, and Maricopa. The major units are fragmented into more than 100 smaller populations, many of which are isolated by several miles of barriers such as steep terrain with plant communities unsuitable as habitat, or agricultural, industrial, or urban land without habitat for this species. Extant habitat is estimated to be 27,540 acres, about 2 percent of historical habitat.
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