The Zoo is home to a female and a male four-toed hedgehogs, both born in July 2017. They arrived here from the Central Park Zoo in early 2018.
The four-toed hedgehog is listed as least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in view of its wide distribution and presumed large population. There are some communities in eastern Africa who hunt hedgehogs as good luck charms, but this is unlikely to significantly harm their population numbers.
Four-toed hedgehogs can be found throughout much of eastern Africa, although they prefer non-damp areas with dry shelters, well-drained soil, and good supply of ground-dwelling insects and other invertebrates.
Four-toed hedgehogs are omnivores, consuming both animals and plants. They mainly feed on insects, earthworms, snails, and slugs, but may also feed on fruit, roots, eggs, and frogs.
The name “hedgehog” comes from the words “hedge”, because they frequent hedgerows, and “hog”, because of their pig-like snout.
There are eleven species of hedgehogs native to Africa, Asia, and Europe. There are no native hedgehogs in the Americas nor Australia.
A hedgehog will eat about one-third of its bodyweight in food in one night.