Our website serves as an information hub for researchers, conservation professionals and keen naturalists who are interested in the world’s rodents, shrews, moles, solenodons, hedgehogs and tree-shrews.
Latest: SMSG publishes an article with The Conversation
Rodents can be a hard sell, but we think they’re amazing! Check out our recent article ‘In defence of rodents – why healthy ecosystems need them’ republished from The Conversation.
Latest: SMSG member Prince Adu-Tutu awarded a Rufford grant to study Baer’s Wood Mouse in Ghana
From early next year, Prince will be conducting fieldwork in forest reserves in Ghana to survey small mammals, with particular focus on the endangered Baer’s Wood Mouse. His project will also launch a conservation education and awareness campaign.
Latest: Santa Catarina’s Guinea Pig: the rarest rodent in the world?
Santa Catarina’s Guinea Pig as the smallest geographical distribution of any known mammal. Dr Carlos Henrique Salvador is the Small Mammal Specialist Group’s Key Species Champion for Santa Catarina’s Guinea Pig. Carlos is today working on monitoring the current population using a network of trail and security cameras, which were kindly funded by a Greensboro Science Center (GSC) grant.
Latest: How gold mining is threatening Chile’s endangered chinchillas
Mining has become a substantial threat to chinchillas. Multiple colonies in Chile are known to be living on top of huge quantities of extractable gold. Amy Deane, who is a member of the Small Mammal Specialist Group and founder of Save The Wild Chinchillas, stresses that gold mines pose a grave threat.