According to http://www.desertmuseum.org/kids/oz/long-fact-sheets/krat.php the kangaroo rat population is not endangered at the moment. But in the past, the kangaroo rat has been endangered due to the degradation of their natural habitat. The habitat has been degraded primarily due to human development such as increase in agriculture and irrigation.
There are many variants of the kangaroo rat – for instance, the Giant Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys ingens) is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List. Its native habitat is in California and the primary cause of population loss has been habitat destruction and loss of desert areas for agricultural purposes. Despite plans to revitalize the population, only 2 percent of the Giant Kangaroo Rat’s historical habitat remains – it will be difficult to sustain a healthy population if the land is not conducive to their needs.
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