Prevost’s squirrel

Callosciurus prevostii

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IUCN Conservation Status –
Least Concern
Extinct In The Wild
Class: Mammals
Order: Rodentia
Family: Sciuridae

Located in our Oriental Garden along with our Asian short-clawed otters and Owston’s civets, we have 2 Prevost’s squirrels here at the zoo – Maxwell and Zoe.

These mammals are found in lowland forests, cultivated areas and gardens of southeast Asian countries such as Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Their diet consists of seeds, nuts, fruits, eggs and insects.

Interesting facts!

  • Their genus name Callosciurus actually means ‘beautiful squirrel’. This species are one of the worlds most colourful squirrels.
  • Newborn Prevost’s squirrels are born without any sight, fur, or teeth. It is not until they reach 16 weeks old until they are independent and able to leave the nest.
  • Newborn Prevost’s squirrel only weigh around 16 grams, which is the same weight as a piece of paper!

Conservation

Prevost’s squirrels are classified as Least Concern, although they are protected in some areas, they do suffer from habitat destruction from an increase in plantations. They are also collected at great rates for the pet trade.