The Animal Management department are very excited to welcome a new species of animal into their care. Four harvest mice are settling into their new home in the Animal Centre. The mice arrived from Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetland Trust’s native species collection and staff and students are helping support their breeding programme by providing a home for these tiny rodents.
The group is housed in specialist accommodation at the animal centre, and students will be able to learn about their particular husbandry requirements and carry out research into their behavior and health. Students will also be able to find out more about the complex issues facing the species in the wild and in the future and hope in time to be able to manage a breeding group themselves.
The new additions will benefit the students from the Animal Management and Countryside Management courses. Students from our British Wildlife Conservation foundation degree and the new Animal Science foundation degrees (both taught in partnership with the RAU) will also be able to work with the species.
Lecturer Stephanie Masefield explains, “We have been very keen to get this charismatic native mammal into our collection for a while and were delighted when an opportunity came to work with Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and house some mice from their breeding group.”
One of the Animal Management students Chloe Green works with the mice at Slimbridge and said “I enjoy having the harvest mice here in the animal centre because they are a native species to our country and are extremely cute!”