Domestic rats are a part of Seneca Park Zoo’s ambassador animal collection.
Rats are excellent foragers. They feed on many types of food including food discarded by humans. They also eat mice, chicks, birds, small lizards, and occasionally fish.
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status
Norway rats are common. They are subject to persistent pest control due to the damage they cause and the numerous diseases they spread.