Malagasy Giant Jumping Rat

A pair of giant jumping rats at ZSL London Zoo.

What they look like

The Malagasy giant jumping rat is a similar size to a rabbit. It has prominent pointed ears and large rear feet for jumps that can span up to a metre.

Animal facts

The largest rodent in Malagascar, the giant jumping rat lives in burrows of complex tunnels. Despite its name, and ability to jump, its usual mode of moving is to walk. A breeding programme across zoos is helping boost their numbers.

What they eat

Fallen fruit                            

Habitat

These rats dig themselves long burrows like rabbit warrens

Where they live

Madagascar

Threats

The Malagasy giant jumping rat is one of the most endangered mammals in Madagascar. Loss of rainforest to rice paddies leaves these rats nowhere to live.

Population
Decreasing
Order
Rodentia
Family
Nesomyidae