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Prevost's Squirrel Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Callosciurus prevostii
  • Class

  • Order

  • Range

    Prevost's squirrels are found in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

  • Status

    Though not listed as endangered, the Prevost's squirrel is threatened due to habitat loss and the pet trade. Lincoln Park Zoo participates in the Prevost's Squirrel Species Survival Plan®, a shared conservation effort by zoos throughout the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

  • Habitat

    They occupy forests, crafting nests in trees to avoid predators on the ground.

  • Niche

    Prevost's squirrels eat fruit, flowers, seeds, insects and eggs. On occasion they will gobble insects, reptiles and small birds.

  • Life History

    These squirrels becomes sexually mature at around one year, when females can produce up to three litters each year. By two months, offspring are mature enough to leave the burrow and explore their world. These solitary animals communicate with vocalizations or body language (raised, waving tails).


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