Science and conservation for the world’s 2800 small mammal species


Part of the SMSG’s mission is to promote conservation actions on the ground for species of conservation concern.  With around 2800 species of small mammal, 437 of which are globally threatened, in order to be most effective we have focused on those species most under threat and on those places around the world that support globally important assemblages of threatened small mammals and where we can have most impact.

We have three conservation priorities: Key Species, Key Sites and Key Regions.

  •  Our Key Species are those small mammals that are ranked as the world’s most Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE).
  •  Our Key Sites are those places around the world that are last remaining refuge of one or more Endangered or Critically Endangered small mammal species, known as Alliance for Zero Extinction sites.
  • Our Key Regions are those regions of world that are home to high density aggregations of threatened small mammals, such as the Caribbean, Cameroon Highlands and northern Borneo among others.

A number of SMSG members are leading projects around the world to research the conservation needs of a range of small mammal species and to implement conservation actions to address their threats.  Explore the map below to find out more about these projects and for many you can link through to the project websites.

SMSG Member Projects