Patagonian Cavy

As with any species, variation in individual temperament must be taken into account when selecting ambassador animals. However, when desensitized to humans at an early age, these large, charismatic rodents can be excellent program animals. They have many interesting adaptations and teaching facts that can be tied to conservation messaging; and they are generally food motivated, which allows for positive, choice-based presentations.


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…

Guinea Pig

Guinea Pig Latin Name Cavia porcellus Order: Rodentia Family:  Overview A common pet, Guinea pigs are familiar to most guests. They’re surprised, however, how trainable they are. They are easily presented in hand, on tables, or even trained to do A-Bs across stages (which is always a hit!). This is also a great, entry-level animal…

Summer 2017: Volume 3, Issue 2

Download Summer 2017 (06-13-2017) News from the Ambassador Animal SAG AASAG Mid-year Meeting Ambassadors in Action: Tracy Aviary’s Andean Condor Ambassador Research Corner: Guest Experiences at Touch Tanks Species Spotlight: Aquatic Touch Tanks Show and Tail: Choosy but not Picky – Degus as Ambassador Animals

Volume 2, Issue 2

Download AASAG Volume 2, Issue 2 (07-15-2016 16:05) News from the Ambassador Animal SAG Strategic Framework Initiative Updates Species Spotlight: Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine Ambassadors in Action: A Solution to High Demand for Animal Ambassadors at The Maryland Zoo (Penguins) Research Corner: Enhancing the touch tank experience for the Southern cownose ray (Rhinoptera bonasus) and guests at…