Guinea Pig

CAVIA PORCELLUS

Guinea pigs are rodents found across the South American continent, in open areas ranging from moist savannas to forests to the desert. They live in low elevations up to 16,000 feet.

If they do not dig their own burrow, Guinea Pigs will take over abandoned burrows.

Guinea pigs are herd animals, staying in large groups for safety.

Guinea pigs have 14 toes, 4 on each front foot and 3 on each back foot.

It is believed that the Incas domesticated guinea pigs more than 3,000 years ago. They are a popular pet to this day.

Guinea pigs are an important source of food for many animals, including humans.

Our Current Residents

ZooMontana is home to three Guinea pigs that are not on display. Sherman, Hank and Coconut are all pet surrenders.

Taxonomy

  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Rodentia
  • Family: Caviidae
  • Genus: Cavia
  • Species: Cavia porcellus

Animal Facts

  • Herbivore
  • Common
  • Desert, Forest, Grasslands, Mountains, Scrubland, and Tundra
  • Diurnal

Our Animals