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Live Elephant Shrews at the Yale Peabody Museum!

 

Live Elephant Shrews at the Yale Peabody Museum!

This pair of brothers were born at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., on February 4, 2007. Active most of the day, they spend their time foraging and gathering leaf litter for nests. In the wild, each elephant shrew can build six or seven nests in its home range, where it sleeps, cares for offspring and evades predators.

 

Elephant shrews eat beetles, termites, spiders and ants, and supplement their diet with fruits and seeds. In captivity they are fed crickets, mealworms and dry cat food supplemented with peanut oil.

 

 

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