by Jeff Goulden
The Pika could well become the first mammal in the lower 48 United States to be listed as endangered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a result of global climate change. According to the Center for Biological Diversity "rising temperatures caused by global warming shorten pikas' food-gathering period, change the types of plants available, shrink the alpine meadows where they feed, and reduce the insulating snowpack that protects them from winter cold snaps. Because pikas are specially adapted for cold climates, warming can even directly kill them through overheating."
The Pika pictured above can be seen in the German edition of National Geographic. More pictures of this fascinating animal can be seen in my Pika Gallery at Istockphoto.com. For special offers and to follow my photographic journey please Join My Email List.