Plateau pikas are underground-dwelling relatives of the rabbit that live at high altitudes in Tibet. They are prodigious breeders, producing a litter every three weeks during the summer. Unlike other pika species, male plateau pikas help to look after the offspring.
Scientific name: Ochotona curzoniae
First ever footage of this bizarre and remote animal as it hunts rabbit-like pikas.
The two years it took to get filming permits for the Tibetan plateau and four weeks searching for brown bears yielded an unexpected bonus - the elusive Tibetan fox. At 6,000m above sea level, conditions here are extreme, with temperatures under -20 degrees Celsius. The HD camera's long lens capability was indispensable in filming such a rare and shy animal.
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The following habitats are found across the Plateau pika distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Population trend: Decreasing
Year assessed: 2008
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
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