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Small Mammal House

Most—but not all—of the Zoo's small mammals live in the Small Mammal House. In the Small Mammal House, you can gaze at the sprightly grace of the golden lion tamarin, the uncanny armor of the three-banded armadillo, and the fascinating quills of the prehensile-tailed porcupine. Naked mole-rats are a favorite, and tree shrews are often on the go. These are just some of the residents at the Small Mammal House.

Be sure to get a glimpse of our newest members: Screaming Hairy Armadillo, Striped Skunks, Greater Malayan Chevrotain, and Long-Tailed Chinchillas.

Elsewhere at the Zoo, you can see:

Come to the Zoo and learn about the many fascinating smal mammals that make their home here.

Prairie Animal Exhibit

One special exhibit at the Small Mammal House puts black-tailed prairie dogs and a black-footed ferret in close quarters. The animals can explore tunnels built against the glass and aboveground areas decorated with plants and prairie murals. Although the different species may look like they can encounter each other, their tunnels do not intersect—which is good for the prairie dogs, since they are the main prey of these ferrets.

Visitors can learn all about the animals with touch-screen computers.