Mondolian Gerbil History
The Mongolian Gerbil was found by Pere David, a French Missionary, in the 1860s. In the 1930s Professor Kasugo from the Japanese Kitasata Institute captured wild Mongolian Gerbils and was the first to breed them in captivity. However it was not until the 1950s that they were studied widely by scientists and later imported into the USA by Dr Victor Schwentker where there were used in laboratories for scientific research.
In the 1960s Mongolian Gerbils were imported into the UK and by the 1970s they had become a popular pet in many countries.