This zaftig Guatemalan mouse has a round body that's covered in gray fur, sharp dark eyes and small pink limbs. According to scientists it is extremely cute, inhabiting a cold, wet forest made up of oaks and pine trees, where it burrows in the layer of wet leaf litter that's created by fallen logs and tree roots. The Mayan deer mouse has very discriminating tastes and is only known to live between 2900 and 3000m elevation in Guatemala. Climate change can trigger fires or drying of the wet leaf litter that constitutes this species’ home, making the Mayan deer mouse disappear.
Art by Tony Day