Lesser Tenrec

Zoo Location: Nocturnal House
 Lesser Tenrec

Subtropical or tropical dry forests, shrubland and savannah grassland.

Wild Diet

Insects and other small invertebrates.


It spends its daytime hours resting under a log or in a hollow tree. In hot weather, it sleeps with its body stretched out but otherwise lies in a curled position. It hibernates in the winter time.


They usually breed in October but this may depend on the available food supply. The gestation period lasts 62 to 65 days. The female then gives birth to an average of 7 babies, but this may range from 1 - 10. The young are weaned by about three weeks.

 Lesser Tenrec  Lesser Tenrec


  • Latin Name: Echinops telfairi
  • Class: Mammals
  • Order: Afrosoricida
  • Family: Tenrecidae
  • Conservation status: Least Concern
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