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Pika Hat (Ochotona Princeps)

Item #: 190
Price: $24.95

Baseball style hat, one size fits all with Velcro adjustable band, in black & grey. Image of a Pika (Ochotona Princeps), an animal indigenous to the Yosemite region whose habitat and continued existence in the Sierra Nevada may be threatened by climate change. The pika is a small-sized mammal that is found across the Northern Hemisphere. Despite their rodent-like appearance, pikas are actually closely related to rabbits and hares. 

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Pikas are most commonly identified by their small, rounded body and lack of tail. Pikas prefer the colder climates and are generally found in mountainous regions and rocky areas where there tend to be fewer predators. There are more than 30 different species of pika that range in colour and size, across Asia, North America and parts of Europe. Pikas are solitary animals and are found inhabiting piles of rocks close to meadows where there is little in the way. Pikas defend their territory by whistling to one another, and their large, rounded ears come in useful to hear the calls from competing pikas. Pikas are herbivorous animals and the pika therefore has a diet based on vegetation. The pika is a diurnal animal and forages for grasses, seeds, weeds, thistles and berries during the hours of daylight.