Damara Mole Rat

These burrowing animals live in a colony similar to some insects, with a queen, soldier and worker mole-rats. These tiny animals can live up to 30 years.


  • Scientific Name: Cryptomys damarensis
  • Range: Underground tunnels and burrows in southern Africa
  • Status in the Wild: Least Concern
  • Location in the Zoo: Natural Encounters
  • Cool Animal Fact: Their teeth protrude through their lips so they can dig their tunnels without getting dirt in their mouth.