Ochotona – Pikas

Like rabbits, these mountain-dwelling cuties, after eating, initially produce soft green feces, which they eat again

Despite their cute, cuddly appearances, pikas are among the toughest mammals around, which inhabit the alpine terrain of Asia and North America, a no-man’s-land above the tree line.

Pikas are known as ‘whistling hares’ because of their high-pitched call, alarming to dive into their burrow when facing danger.

Pikas are remarkably uniform when it comes to looks. They all have long soft fur, which is generally grayish-brown to reddish. Not enough is known about many species to evaluate their conservation status. Still, climate change will undoubtedly significantly affect them as they have a very low tolerance for high temperatures.