News Release Date: Nov. 12, 2004
Jennifer Reynolds, Media Specialist ~ (909) 307-2669 ext. 278 / TDD/TTY: (909) 792-1462. ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Chad Lynde, Exploration Station Coordinator ~ (909) 307-2669 ext.
275 / TDD/TTY: (909) 792-1462.
Event date: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13
Event place: REDLANDS
Fancy Rats, Mice Coming to County Museum
The American Fancy Rat and Mouse Association will host its fall
show at the San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands on Saturday,
November 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show is open to the public
and is free with museum admission.
A fancy rat or mouse is a rodent that has been bred to conform
to a written standard, much like breeds of dogs or cats. Coat,
color, conformation, size, and even personality are considered
during judging of winning rodents. Fancy rats have been exhibited
for more than a century, and in the past decades their popularity
as pets has increased as owners discover that they are intelligent,
affectionate, gentle, quiet, and easy to care for.
Fancy rats and mice coming to the museum will be judged in several
categories: pet rats; pet mice; best costume and tricks; and “kooky
kontainers.” The latter two categories will include hamsters,
chinchillas, cavies (guinea pigs), and rabbits along with rats
Thirty-two colors are recognized by official AFRMA standards
for rats, from blue and lilac to cinnamon, amber, and lynx. The
colors are represented by ten different types of markings, including
hooded, Dalmatian, variegated, and masked. Coat types - straight,
curly, or satin - are also considered when judging the standards.
Even tailless rats, hairless rats, and odd-eyed rats are bred
for show and as pets.
“Members of AFRMA will be on hand during the museum show
to answer questions about keeping rats and mice as pets,”
said Chad Lynde, coordinator of the museum’s Exploration
Station live animal gallery. “But please do not bring your
pets to the museum unless you are officially registered for the
show. You can go to www.afrma.org
for more information.”
The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street exit
from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays through
Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $6 (adult),
$5 (student or senior), and $4 (child aged 5 to 12). Children
under five and Museum Association members are admitted free, and
everyone will be admitted free on Sunday, September 5. Parking
is free, and the facility is handicapped-accessible. The museum’s
Garden Café will be open for lunch and snacks between 11
a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.sbcountymuseum.org
or call (909) 307-2669 / TDD/TTY: (909) 792-1462.