Tenrecidae – Tenrecs

If they could speak, the first thing that probably would come out of their mouth would be: “we are not hedgehogs”

A unique and diverse family of mammals endemic primarily to Madagascar and nearby islands. Most species look like hedgehogs, opossums, shrews, rats, or mice, but some look like animals of another time and another planet.

Almost all tenrecs species are believed to be omnivorous, and invertebrates form the most considerable portion of their diets. Moreover, they are semiaquatic, nocturnal, and have poor eyesight. But they have very sensitive whiskers, which make up for the poor vision and help them catch prey and sense their environment. Most species of tenrecs are solitary, but some live in groups of up to a dozen.