CHESTER ZOO STEPS IN TO SAVE THE HARVEST MOUSE.
Although found in abundance in southern England, the tiny creature is said to be dwindling at an alarming rate elsewhere.
Staff at Chester Zoo yesterday embarked on what is believed to be the largest release programme to date, setting free 130 harvest mice on zoo land in Upton.
The mammals, which were bred in captivity, are aged between three and 12 months and have undergone careful veterinary assessment. They have been individually marked so their progress can be tracked.
Project co-ordinator Penny Rudd said: ``Many theories have been suggested to explain the dramatic decline in numbers. It is likely to be owing to a combination of factors, including habitat destruction and changing farming methods.
``The aim of the trial is to establish a model for the reintroduction of the species which can be used worldwide.''
DECLINING: Although found in abundance in the south of England, the harvest mouse is dwindling elsewhere
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||May 30, 2002|
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