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Lab Anim (NY). 2008 Jun;37(6):256-61. doi: 10.1038/laban0608-256.

Biology, breeding, husbandry and diseases of the captive Egyptian fat-tailed jird (Pachyuromys duprasi natronensis).

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  • 1Stanford University, School of Medicine, Comparative Medicine Department, Veterinary Service Center, Stanford, CA 94305-5410, USA.


The fat-tailed jird, a small North African rodent with a distinctive club-shaped tail, is a convenient research subject and an emerging model for Old World leishmaniasis. The authors present the natural history and biology of the Egyptian fat-tailed jird and provide guidelines for the breeding and husbandry of this species on the basis of their experience raising a colony from wild stock in Cairo, Egypt. They also discuss the diseases they encountered in wild and captive-bred jirds.

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