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Despite their name they are not pigs and do not come from Guinea. They originated in the Andes. Another name for a Guinea pig is a ‘Cavy’. A male guinea pigs called a boar and female is called a sow.
In the wild they live in ‘herds’ with a dominant boar (male) who breeds with the females. Guinea pigs cannot naturally produce Vitamin C in their bodies which is why you need to supplement their diets with the vitamin. Here at the Wildlife Park we have 4 females and 2 males.
You can meet them during our ‘cuddle a cavy’ session that is held every day.