Cool, crazy dancing oddballs!
Published: 17th Feb 2015This dancing duo with their jolly jazz hands should be auditioning for Britain’s Got Talent… These two lesser tenrecs were photographed at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park…
This dancing duo with their jolly jazz hands should be auditioning for Britain’s Got Talent…
These two lesser tenrecs were photographed at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park in Devon by regular volunteer photographer Jean Wiltshire. While it looks as though they’re having a great time hoofing away, in fact they are asleep and pressed up happily against the window of their exhibit.
Paignton Zoo spokesperson Phil Knowling said: “Tenrecs are real oddballs. They have fur and spines and resemble hedgehogs, but are only distantly related to them.”
The lesser hedgehog tenrec (Echinops telfairi) is endemic to Madagascar. Its natural habitat is forest and grassland and it eats mainly insects. Tenrecs fill the sort of ecological niche occupied elsewhere by hedgehogs, mice, shrews, opossums and otters. While some tenrecs are found in central Africa, they are most diverse on Madagascar, which has around 30 species.
There are eleven lesser tenrecs at Paignton Zoo – they can be found opposite the charity’s Amphibian Ark complex.