Help Save the Pikas!
Pikas are falling off the mountaintops
What do pikas look like?
Pikas are the smallest member of the rabbit family, existing in 30 different species. They range between 5-10 inches long and have mostly red-brown to grey coloured fur. Pikas have broad, round ears, short legs, and no visible tail.
Where to pikas live and what is their current population?
These small creatures live at high elevations in the mountainous terrains of North America and Asia. Currently, the density of pikas varies from 3.4 to 9.8 per hectare. Since 1999, approximately 28% of pikas have become extinct.
What dangers exist for pikas?
- climate change → global warming (cause pikas to overheat)
- habitat loss
- repeated freezing/thawing can cause restriction to food sources
- predators: coyotes, foxes, bobcats, weasels, hawks, eagles, owls
- parasites (fleas, mites, bot fly larvae, nematodes )
What organization help these animals?
- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- Front Range Pika Project
- Montana Pika Survey and Citizen Science
- National Wildlife Federation
- Jasper Environmental Association
What can you do to help?
- petition on http://www.change.org/petitions/help-protect-the-american-pika-from-global-warming
- reduce the amount of greenhouse gases released from your home, work, school, and other activities (reduce your ecological footprint)
- adopt a pika
- contact key government officials and let them know about your concern
Where can I get more information?
If you would like to help or would like more information, please contact Jignal Patel at the e-mail specified below. You can also check out websites such as http://www.jasperenvironmental.org/main-issues/pika/.