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Small Mammal House News Archive

Jan. 06, 2023
Their hobbies include eating, snuggling and snoozing. Follow your nose to the Small Mammal House and meet our new striped skunk brothers, Pigpen and Sauerkraut! 
Dec. 05, 2022
In a darkened, red-lit area of the Small Mammal House, two small, nocturnal primates explore their habitats. Naga and Pabu are the first pygmy slow lorises housed at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo... read more
Oct. 24, 2022
Big bright eyes, bounding leaps and vivacious vocalizations—there’s no denying that lemurs are downright adorable! Every October, we celebrate World Lemur Day to raise awareness of these endangered... read more
Fennec fox Daisy is laying down atop a pile of sand in her Small Mammal House habitat. Her head is raised, and she is looking at the viewer.
Oct. 13, 2022
We are sad to share that Daisy, our 13-year-old fennec fox, died Oct. 6.
Aug. 02, 2022
As August comes into full swing, get to know the golden lion tamarins from Kenton Kerns, assistant curator of Small Mammal House!
Jul. 01, 2022
Many of the Zoo’s animals are built for extreme temperatures, including the fennec fox! Learn how animal keepers care for these desert dwelling foxes.
Two lesser kudu calves laying next to one another in a bed of wood shavings.
Apr. 27, 2022
Cheetah Conservation Station keepers at Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute are rejoicing in the birth of two lesser kudu calves. For the second time in 6 months, Small... read more
Prehensile-tailed porcupette Fofo rests on a branch.
Mar. 04, 2022
Don’t be put off by Fofo’s prickly appearance! As his name implies, our prehensile-tailed porcupette is as “cute” as can be! Get to know Fofo in this Q+A with Small Mammal House keepers.
Prehensile-tailed porcupine Beatrix and her porcupette sit on a branch.
Jan. 24, 2022
Lookin’ sharp, kid! Prehensile-tailed porcupines Beatrix and Quillbur recently welcomed their second offspring.
Golden-headed lion tamarin twins cling to father Coco's back.
Jan. 07, 2022
On Oct. 7, the Small Mammal House team celebrated the arrival of golden-headed lion tamarin twins! They are the first of their endangered species born at the Zoo in 16 years. Get to know the... read more