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Prevost’s Squirrel

Callosciurus prevostii

Quick Facts

Scientific name: Callosciurus prevostii
Class: Mammal
Weight: 1 pound
Life span: 15 years
Conservation status: Least concern
Number of offspring: 1 to 2 young at a time

About

I LIVE IN ASIA

The Prevost’s squirrel can be found in forests and rainforests throughout various regions of southeast Asia including Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.


I AM AN OMNIVORE

This squirrel species consumes a largely herbivorous diet of fruits, nuts and flowers. However, they will also eat insects and bird eggs on occasion. This species of squirrels only has two kinds of teeth: incisors and premolars. They have a pair of incisors in the top and bottom jaw that are used to crack open seeds and eggs. Their premolars are used to chew food into tiny pieces for their stomachs to digest.


PREVOST’S SQUIRRELS ARE SOLITARY

Prevost’s squirrels prefer to live in solitude or in small family groups. Young Prevost’s squirrels are only 6 weeks old when they first begin venturing out of the burrow and away from their parents.


LOUD AND PROUD

Prevost’s squirrels are very vocal and will often communicate using a variety of high-pitched noises. They will also wave around their bushy tail as another form of communication, sometimes as a warning to other squirrels.


HELPING THE PREVOST’S SQUIRREL IN THE WILD

The Prevost’s squirrels at the Zoo are enrolled in the Species Survival Plan (SSP). SSP is a program implemented by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to help ensure a genetically viable population exists.


I AM IMPORTANT TO MY ECOSYSTEM

Prevost’s squirrels will often carry fruit with them as they eat it. When they have finished eating, they will toss away the seeds, thus aiding in the seed dispersal of many types of fruit.


Conservation

Learn more about our efforts, our conservation partners around the world, and the simple steps you can take to contribute.

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