Exhibits Red River Hogs White Tiger Elephants of Asia Proboscis Monkey Free-Ranging Orang Utan Pygmy Hippo Otter Tapir Sun Bear Chimpanzee Sungei Buaya Naked Mole Rat
Zones Frozen Tundra Wild Africa Fragile Forest Australasia Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia Treetops Trail Gibbon Island Primate Kingdom Reptile Garden Tortoise Shell-ter Tropical Crops & Orchid Garden

Naked Mole Rat

Curious and cute

Naked mole rats are curious creatures by any standards. As their name suggests, they are completely hairless. They have lips that close behind a prominent pair of front teeth which they use for digging, and their eyes are almost completely blind. A chance to see these animals in the wild is extremely rare; their natural habitat lies in cramped, pitch-dark, oxygen-scarce burrows some six-feet underground in the central region of East Africa.

A bare-all encounter

Our naked mole rat exhibit is one of the largest around. Although just a fraction of the size of their real-life burrow systems in the wild (which can cover up to six football fields), our exhibit features glass-fronted panels that give you a clear view into the subterranean kingdom of these fascinating rodents. Observe these pint-size wonders of nature at work and play and learn a thing or two by reading our educational panels. Little ones who are curious to go a little deeper into the world of naked mole rats can do just that. Crawl into our kid-size naked mole rat burrow, a recreation that helps children imagine a day in a life of these strange and loveable critters.