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Domestic Guinea Pig


This animal is not on exhibit in the habitats.
It is an Animal Ambassador and is used in public and school programs.

This animal is not on exhibit in the habitats. It is one of our Animal Ambassadors and is used in public and school programs.

Latin Name

Cavia porcellus

Guinea Pig History at CuriOdyssey

Our guinea pig was found in a box in Glen Park neighborhood of San Francisco and taken to Animal Care and Control. She was donated to CuriOdyssey in 2016.

Fun Facts about Guinea Pigs

Guinea pigs can communicate using a variety of sounds. “Wheeking” is a high-pitched squeal usually directed at humans in anticipation of food. “Teeth chattering” happens when the guinea pig is feeling agitated or angry, often observed when new guinea pigs are being introduced to one another.

Guinea pigs are members of the family of rodents known as Caviidae, which includes other species of cavies that are found in the wild.

Birth Date

Spring 2016

What do Guinea Pigs eat?

At CuriOdyssey, our Domestic Guinea Pigs have a diet of guinea pig pellets, fruits/vegetables, greens, orchard grass

How long do Guinea Pigs live?

In captivity, Domestic Guinea Pigs have an average life span of six to eight years, although life spans of up to 14 years has been recorded.

Where do Guinea Pigs live?

Domestic Guinea Pigs are not found in the wild anymore. They previously inhabited grasslands.

Originally from the Andes Mountains in South America; now no longer found in the wild

Are Guinea Pigs endangered?

As of this moment, Domestic Guinea Pigs have no special animal conservation status. They are commonly sold as pets and food and often used in biomedical research.


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