I think the idea of a "Small Mammal House" is an idiosyncratic one. It's not one that many other zoos have. Besides this one in Washington, D.C., I have only encountered it at the Philadelphia Zoo. In the instance of Philadelphia's--it needs to be overhauled and possibly just replaced out right. The one here in DC is more in keeping with the quality of habitat afforded small animals at zoos--but even here, I would prefer something more expansive. Images from the Small Animal House at the Smithsonian National Zoo, in order are: Fennec Fox, Prehensile-tailed Porcupines (a family unit with a pup born at the National Zoo), Red-Ruffed Lemurs, Golden Lion Tamarin, Prevost's Squirrel, and Screaming Hairy Armadillo.
|Fennec Fox, Vulpa zerda|
|Prehensile-tailed Porcupine, Coendou prehensillis|
|Red-ruffed Lemur, Veracia rubra|
|Golden Lion Tamarin, Leontopithecus rosalia|
|Prevost's Squirrel, Callosciurus prevostii|