African Pygmy Hedgehog Information Sheet
By Deborah Fry BSc (Hons) MSc CCAB
The descriptive term ‘African Pygmy Hedgehog’ often refers to a mix of species within the Atelerix genus. This genus is native to Africa and includes four members, although in recent years, A. albiventris has been the focus of selective breeding for the pet trade due to its small size (Santana et al. 2010). African Pygmy hedgehogs are increasing in popularity as exotic pets, although many are being presented to veterinarians with diseases and husbandry-related disorders (Lennox, 2007). The following information therefore reviews captive husbandry, health and natural-behaviour considerations to inform protocol for captive African Pygmy hedgehogs. This, in turn, raises questions as to the welfare impact of captivity on this species.