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Small Mammal News

Hand-raising Fennec Fox Kits

February 28, 2016

The Small Mammal House's baby boom got a little bit bigger Feb. 4 with the births of two fennec fox kits! Learn how keepers are hand-raising the kits.

Learn about sand cats!

September 21, 2015

The Small Mammal House is home to sand cats Thor and Lulu. Lulu arrived at the Zoo in May and, after a routine period in quarantine, she was introduced to her new exhibit mate. You can tell them apart because Thor's face is more rectangular-shaped whereas Lulu's is more oval.

Manny and Cayenne Play

May 20, 2015

Our female tamandua Cayenne now has a male companion! Manny arrived at the Small Mammal House as part of the southern tamandua Species Survival Plan. The introductions went well and the two can be seen playing and sleeping near one another.

Meet Charlie the Fennec Fox

May 7, 2015

The Small Mammal House recently welcomed a one-year-old male fennec fox named Charlie! He is on loan to the National Zoo from the Bronx Zoo as part of a Species Survival Plan breeding recommendation with our female Daisy.

Tamandua Keeper Q&A

March 30, 2015

Learn about the newest species at the Small Mammal House in this keeper Q&A on southern tamanduas.

Meet Cayenne

March 11, 2015

This southern tamandua is now on exhibit at the Small Mammal House at Smithsonian's National Zoo.

The Small Mammal House is welcoming newcomers!

December 11, 2014

Come say hi to our new chinchillas, chevrotains, and Dylan, the screaming hairy armadillo.

Two Striped Skunks Make Their Debut at the Small Mammal House

October 30, 2014

Come welcome our two new striped skunks, Clementine and Trixie, who were born in May 2014!

New Degus at the Small Mammal House

January 8, 2014

Five adult female degus just arrived at the Small Mammal House. During their entrance exams, we discovered a surprise–one was pregnant!

Sand Cat Debut

April 26, 2013

A 7-year-old sand cat named Thor is the newest addition to the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Small Mammal House exhibit.

Study Finds Baby Marmosets More Likely to Become Obese if Transition to Solid Food Faster

April 10, 2013

Companion study finds young obese monkeys more likely to have pancreas problems.

Sexing a Porcupine

March 4, 2013

Figuring out the sex of a porcupine can be a difficult task. They aren't always easy to handle, and when they are young they show no sexual dimorphism. But veterinarians, geneticists, and keepers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo have figured out a novel and easy way to determine the sex of prehensile-tailed porcupines, and all it takes is a single quill.

The Inside Story

August 9, 2012

The new exhibit at Small Mammal House uses radiographs and artifacts to explain the relationship between body structure and behavior of animals. Visitors will see some interesting X-rays and learn how animals move, eat, and play.

Smithsonian Scientists Find Female Coatis Help Offspring of Other Females

May 22, 2012

Unexpected Result Challenges Understanding of the role of kinship in mammals.

Two Tree Shrews Born

September 29, 2011

Two juvenile northern tree shrews emerged from their nest in the Zoo's Small Mammal House on September 29. Keepers estimate they were born on August 20 and determined they are both female.

Vet Stories: A Porcupine's Tail

January 1, 2004

Soon after Winnie, a prehensile-tailed porcupine, arrived at the Zoo in 2004, her keepers discovered that the end of her tail was injured.