And an enclosure has been created for the meerkats, with an indoor enclosure for nocturnal animals including one of the largest rodents in Africa, the Gambian pouched rat
, and the smallest, the African pygmy mouse.
Rats are smart with a keen sense of smell, and one species -- the African giant pouched rat
-- is being tested to see if it can help detect illegal shipments of pangolins and hardwood timber in Tanzania.
Dr Dougie Clarke, who has been studying "super rats" for the University of Huddersfield, believes the rodent could indeed be a pouched rat
Now the hazardous task of clearing Cambodia's landmines is about to gain a new, secret weapon; the African giant pouched rat
The African Giant Pouched rat
species is used because of its intelligence, calm demeanour and ability to be trained.
The Gambian pouched rat
can detect tuberculosis and land mines by scent better than humans
Among the exciting offerings at both campuses, lemurs, tapirs and the world's largest rodent, the pouched rat
, above, could be coming to York as plans shape up to open the new wildlife centre next year.
The NGO, called APOPO, also began to breed the Gambian pouched rat
(which despite its name is found all over Africa) specifically for mine-clearance work.
16 (ANI): The African Army Research Office has paid an Oklahoma State University's Zoology professor to study the African giant pouched rat
to detect its ability to find bombs.
It took five or six months to train the rats, which are also called Cricetomys gambianus, or the Gambian pouched rat
She said: "We have a Gambian giant pouched rat
, Richardson's ground squirrels, sugar gliders, lemmings and African pygmy mice.
PALS: Ella and Finley Scott meet Dusty the pig; below, a marmoset, meerkats, a pouched rat
and a racoon