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 often mistaken for hedgehogs! 

The Lesser Madagascar tenrec is a shrew-like mammal, small with a long whiskered snout. Its back, sides and tail have dark brown to black, sharp, dense, white-tipped spikes. Its underside is paler and does not have spikes. 


Nocturnal in the wild, in captivity they are often active day and night alike. Unlike hedgehogs, tenrecs are excellent climbers, and use their long toes to hold onto branches.

 Are TENRECS suitable for your encounter? 


Happy to be stroked on a blanket or held


Suitable for all ages and capabilities


Suitable for all group sizes agreed beforehand by us


Suitable for indoor and outdoor events (in the warmer months)

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Tommy moved in to HQ in the midst of lockdowns in 2020. His owner was sadly no longer in a position to look after him and he was looking for a new forever home. Tommy fitted in quickly and his confidence started to grow almost immediately.

Tommy loves to climb and explore and loves showing off how quickly he can scale a sweater.

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We offer adoption + sponsor packs for each of our Tenrecs along with all of our rescue animals giving you an amazing way of supporting their life here at HQ.
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