African Pygmy Hedgehog at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. Click to see more.

African Pygmy Hedgehog

Atelerix albiventris


Erinaceidae, the hedgehog family.

Conservation Status

Least Concern, IUCN.


Southern Saharan Africa.


They inhabit a variety of climates and terrains and are often found in open country with low-growing vegetation.


Hedgehogs apply foamy saliva to their quills. This may serve as: an irritant to predators, a natural insect repellent since they are unable to clean their skin well, or an attractant to potential mates.
Due to heavy storm erosion, our hiking trails will be closed until further notice. The Zoo is still open.