Guinea Pigs

INTRODUCTION

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.

GALLERY

FAST FACTS

Scientific Name:

Cavia porcellus

Status:

Not evaluated

Size:

Body length is up to 25cm

Weight:

Up to 1kg

Life Span in Wild:

Up to 8 years

Habitat:

Domesticated

Diet:

Herbivore

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ME

What Do I Eat?

Grasses, fruit, herbs

Where Do I Live?

Domesticated

Do I Have Any Predators?

None

How Do I Live?

Diurnal, Terrestrial, Mixed groups

Why Am I Endangered?

Not evaluated

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