New hedgehog tenrecs doing well at David Traylor Zoo Featured

By Brandon Peoples and Chuck Samples May 11, 2018 361
Baby hedgehog tenrecs with their mother at the Mission Madagascar exhibit. Baby hedgehog tenrecs with their mother at the Mission Madagascar exhibit. Photo courtesy Lisa Keith/David Traylor Zoo.

The David Traylor Zoo is adding to its family of hedgehog tenrecs.


Three babies were recently born at the zoo's Mission Madagascar exhibit after one was born last year. Zoo Director Lisa Keith says the babies are doing well. She also says they are tiny now but will grow up quickly.

If you have never heard of tenrecs, Keith says they are found in the wild off the African island of Madagascar and are covered with spines, ranging in color from white to black.

2:15 pm Friday: Zoo announces birth of three hedgehog tenrecs

The David Traylor Zoo has announced the birth of three hedgehog tenrecs that took place on Thursday.


Tenrecs are found in the wild off the African island of Madagascar and are covered with spines, ranging in color from white to black. Fine hairs also cover their paws and bellies, with barely visible tails. Zoo Director Lisa Keith says in a release that adult tenrecs are between five and a half and seven inches long are primarily active at night. The babies are relatively underdeveloped when they are born, but can become independent after just one month.

The hedgehog tenrecs are part of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums Species Survival Plan. It's the second birth of this species within the zoo's Mission Madagascar habitat since its opening in 2016. Keith says mom and all three of the babies are doing well.

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