African Pygmy Hedgehogs make excellent pets. They are inquisitive friendly animals that relate well to people with patience and attention.
African Pygmy Hedgehogs are domesticated animals which should not be confused with the British Hedgehog. The British Hedgehog is sadly threatened. Watch if you
see one but keep your distance as they are wild animals.
Keeping African Pygmy Hedgehogs
African Pygmy Hedgehogs(APH) make wonderful pets but like all animals, they have their own particular
requirements to be healthy and happy. It is essential to understand their needs before acquiring an APH.
Each APH has its own character - like people, they range from aggressive to gentle, so choose well.
Visit the breeder, ask to meet the parents, and handle the hedgeghog before deciding to buy. Do not
go on looks - they are all cute, even the most bad tempered APH, so you may regret your decision.
The diet of an APH is quiet differnt to that of wild hedgehogs like the European hedgehog. Commercial products marketed as
hedgehog foods are designed for wild hedgehogs and are thus unsuitable for an APH other than possibly as a very occassional
treat but no more.
An APH is not fussy about its housing provided it can walk and it remains warm.
I board small pets for £1 per animal per day. The money raised for boarding goes directly to the education charity Porridge and Rice
that works among the extreme poor living in the Nairobi slums.
In addition, if you have small animals that you no longer can care for, regardless of the reason, I will happily take them in and rehome them. If I cannot
find them a new, good home, they will
live their days out at The Farm at 64.