Video by @joelsartore | This Albert’s squirrel, named Spaz, was photographed during snack time at @LibertyWildlifeAZ, a center dedicated to conserving the nature of Arizona through rehabilitation, education and community service.
Albert’s squirrels make their homes all throughout the Rocky Mountains and can be found in the Grand Canyon, New Mexico, Colorado and other areas with enough Ponderosa pine forests to sustain their nutritional needs. The relationship between these squirrels and their favorite trees is an important and complex one. As the squirrel munches on pinecones from the trees, they also consume a specific type of fungi that is essential to the survival of the Ponderosa tree. The squirrel then goes on to spread the fungi all around the forest, contributing the nourishment and development of the trees. The relationship between the Albert’s squirrel and the Ponderosa tree is a reminder that all living things are connected and in order to protect one, we must protect them all.
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