The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : New at the Zoo: Guinea Pigs The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : New at the Zoo: Guinea Pigs

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

New at the Zoo: Guinea Pigs


Why do guinea pigs belong in the Zoo?
Here in the United States, guinea pigs make wonderful family pets. Visitors may be surprised to learn that these adorable creatures also play an important role in many South American cultures! They are celebrated at festivals, given to couples as wedding gifts and raised as livestock. We hope that our guinea pigs here at the Zoo teach visitors something new about this species’ origins and open up discussions with our visitors about proper pet choice and care. Also, why wouldn’t they belong in a Zoo — they are just adorable and are amazing ambassadors! Although these animals are not found in the wild today, the montane guinea pig — a likely ancestor — still resides in the Andes in South America.

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