Groundhog

Marmota monax Order: Rodentia Family: Sciuridae The name of the order “Rodentia” comes from the Latin word “rodere”, which means “to gnaw”. Groundhogs are part of the marmot group within Sciuridae, and are the largest members of the ground squirrel family. Also known as a woodchuck Overview Groundhogs can be a wonderful addition to an…

Prosimians

The Prosimian TAG and the SSPs within its purview do not recommend prosimians as ambassador animals, under any circumstances. There are an estimated 15,000 privately owned nonhuman primates in the United States. Unfortunately prosimians remain one of the most prevalent species in the pet trade and the Prosimian TAG works diligently to educate our AZA…

Capybara

Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris               Order: Rodentia          Family: Caviidae Natural History Information Range and Habitat The native range of H. hydrochaeris occurs to the east of the Canal Zone in Panama, and on the east side of the Andes in South America from Colombia and the Guianas to Uruguay and northeastern Argentina (Mones & Ojasti, 1986). The native range…

Two-toed Sloth

Choloepus didactylus or Choloepus hoffmanni Order: Pilosa Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Needs branches to hang from. Needs to be able to access the ground via a branch or enclosure side to defecate. For easier husbandry, place the tree branch to the ground on top of a litter box. Can use aspen shavings for litter.Also needs…

Red River Hog

Potamochoerus porcus Order: Artiodactyla Husbandry Information Housing Requirements An enclosure that is proof against extensive rooting and general destruction. No exposed or buried pipes or wires. Square footage is important as this is a terrestrial animal. Some like spacious caves or overhangs. Heat in cool temperatures. May or may not enjoy pools/mud wallows. Diet Requirements…

Domestic Goat

Capra hircus Order: Artiodactyla Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Due to a well-developed herding instinct, goats prefer to be kept in groups of 2 or more. Diet Requirements In the wild, goats require grass for grazing. Veterinary Concerns Because they are a domestic species, the veterinary care of goats is a well documented field. Please see…

Domestic Rabbit

Oryctolagus cuniculus Order: Lagomorpha Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Rabbit hutches are a traditional way to house rabbits but make sure that if you are housing in hutches that you provide a place to get off of mesh (shelf or solid section of flooring) and provide a weather resistant nestbox or area of the hutch that…

Black-tailed Prairie Dog

Cynomys ludovicianus Order: Rodentia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Diet Requirements Veterinary Concerns Notes on Enrichment & Training Prairie dogs, like all rodents, are chewers. Their almost constant chewing is what keeps their incisor teeth from growing too long. Lots of chewable enrichment items such as paper (phone books are great!), cardboard, wood, and hay should…

Nutria

Latin Name Myocaster coypus       Order: Rodentia   Family: Echimyidae Overview Nutria are a medium sized aquatic, nocturnal/crepuscular rodent.  They are intelligent and social animals that require significant relationship building and desensitization. The species is most successful in a program setting when started young, less than 3 months of age. Their aquatic abilities and…

North American Beaver

Castor canadensis Order: Rodentia Husbandry Information Housing Requirements Diet Requirements Veterinary Concerns Notes on Enrichment & Training Other Colony or Breeding Management   Individual Identification   Programmatic Information Transportation Temperature Guidelines   Crating: Tips on Presentation Touching Techniques Tips on Handling   Potential Messaging Plastic/Styrofoam – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Conventional plastic and Styrofoam (That’s pretty…