They’re among the most colorful mammals on the planet and may be one of the friendliest pair of critters here at the zoo. Prevost’s Squirrels, also referred to as “tri-colored squirrels,” are native to Southeast Asia.
Zookeeper Tiffany Jones prepares fruity kakobs of red raspberries, blackberries, and bananas for Papa and Nadari a few times each week. They are fed pellets and insects as part of their typical feeding. The squirrels are very friendly and food-motivated, so it doesn’t take long for them to track down the fruity kabobs. They also don’t mind crawling all over the zookeepers to get to the food. The berries actually help to keep them hydrated and cool.
At the ripe old ages of 14 and 12, Papa and Nadari are too old to have young ones, but they are still best friends.
Both Papa and Nadari have buckets in their exhibit so that way they can be sheltered from thunderstorms and to cuddle up at night. They’re different from squirrels that we typically see in Northern Indiana and Northwest Ohio in that they actually eat bird eggs, fruits, veggies, and even insects in the rainforest.
You can stop by and say hi to the Prevost’s Squirrels in the Indonesian Rainforest all summer long!