North American Porcupine

Erethizon dorsatum Order: Rodentia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Cheyenne Mountain Zoo NA porcupine exhibit with American kestrel Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (CMZ) has had great success with two porcupines exhibited together. We had a 2 year old and introduced a 10 month old. We did not know their gender until a few months after the intros and…

Mexican Dwarf Hairy Porcupine

Sphiggurus mexicanus Order: Rodentia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Diet Requirements Zupreem Primate, sweet potatoes, carrots. In the wild, these porcupines prefers fruits and seeds, but they also eat leaves and buds. Veterinary Concerns Notes on Enrichment & Training Other Colony or Breeding Management   Individual Identification   Programmatic Information Transportation Temperature Guidelines   Crating: Tips…

Cape Porcupine

Hystrix africaeustralis Order: Rodentia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Very good diggers; need concrete or chain link under dirt to allow digging behavior but prevent escape. Live in burrows; need a nestbox or cave. Expect chewing on any chewable surfaces. Food and water bowls should be metal or concrete. Branches or small logs for chewing are…

African Crested Porcupine

Hystrix cristata Order: Rodentia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Avid chewers require proper flooring and cage material. Thick gauge caging and sealed concrete floor recommended. 10′ x 8′ recommend size for a single animal. Diet Requirements Will eat anything. Any fruits, any vegetables, rodent block, omnivore biscuit or leaf eater biscuit. Root vegetables and fruit are high…

Sugar glider

Petaurus breviceps Order: Marsupialia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements A multi-level enclosure with a variety of climbing structures can help provide exercise. Diet Requirements In the wild, sugar gliders eat sap, blossoms, nectar, insects, and small invertebrates. In captivity, sugar gliders are fed baby juice, sugar glider biscuits, crickets, mealworms, fruits, and vegetables. Veterinary Concerns Notes on…

Short-tailed opossum

Mondelphia domestica Order: Didelphimorphia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Must be housed alone unless you are trying to breed. Single animals can be kept in 30-gallon aquariums with at least one hide provided. Keep a luggage strap around the tank to secure the lid because this species is known to push on lids and escape. Wood shavings…

Kangaroo, Red

Macropus rufus Order: Diprodontia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Open space without too many obstacles. Shelter from rain. They really like lying on heat pads in cold weather. Diet Requirements Hay, herbivore pellets, fresh produce such as lettuce, yams, apples. Veterinary Concerns Kangaroos in captivity are prone to tooth and mouth problems, often called lumpy jaw disease….

Ground cuscus

Phalanger gymnotis Order: Diprodontia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements This species is arboreal and needs a lot of perching, but prefers to sleep in an enclosed space down low. A heated nestbox on or near the ground with bedding such as hay or blankets is appropriate. Perching must be cleaned of cuscus grease often so that feet…

Lesser Hedgehog Tenrec

Echinops telfairi Order: Afrosoricida Husbandry Information Housing Requirements This species can be housed in larger aquarium style tanks or wire style enclosures as long as the wire enclosure can be kept sufficiently warm to prevent torpor. You must provide a heat pad for tenrecs year round otherwise they can go into torpor during cooler times of…

Greater Hedgehog Tenrec

Setifer setosus Order: Afrosoricida Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Diet Requirements Veterinary Concerns Notes on Enrichment & Training Other Colony or Breeding Management Notes species is housed or managed socially or for breeding purposes. Individual Identification Dimorphism or practiced ways to individually mark species (such as those in colonies, like giant millipedes). Programmatic Information Transportation Temperature Guidelines…