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09/20 – We need your photos for the 2020 Year of the Rat Calendar!

2019 Rat Calendar Cover image 2020 is the Year of the Rat, plus RGD turns 20 in 2020, so we are pulling out all the stops to make next year’s calendar the best one ever! But of course we need your help to do it! We need your most cute, your most fun, your most charming high-resolution rat photos and other rat-centric artwork such as drawings, paintings and cartoons of rats which you have drawn/painted. Not a photographer but you love to write? How about submitting a short poem or other text which you have written that you would like to see included in the calendar? And even though this is the rat’s year, RGD will also happily accept photos for the other friends-of-rats that we currently house data for, including dog, chinchilla, 13-lined squirrel, pig and bonobo.

When it comes to rats, as you might expect, we are all about the strain data and giving credit where credit is due, so when sending photos of your favorite strains, don’t forget to include information such as strain symbol and name, the age of the rats, the developer of the strain and any associated citations or references. We also like to include a link to an applicable website so if you or your lab has a web page, please also include the URL in your submission.

Please send high quality digital images and other submissions to us at by Monday, October 7th. That’s only two weeks from now so don’t delay!

Also, as our “Thank You!” to the rat research community for your ongoing support we will mail calendars to you free of charge. If you would like hard copies of the 2020 Rat Calendar, please send an email with your name, shipping address and how many calendars you would like to the email address above (or use the “Contact” link at the top of this page). We would be happy to send calendars to anyone outside the Milwaukee area who requests them.


RGD is funded by grant HL64541 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute on behalf of the NIH.