National Zoo to open naked mole-rat exhibit

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – A naked mole-rat exhibit is coming to Smithsonian’s National Zoo.

The zoo announced the exhibit, which includes a colony of 17 naked mole-rats, is set to open Saturday.

Additionally, virtual visitors can see the rodents up-close and personal through a 24-hours-a-day Naked Mole-rat Cam launching Friday.

“Naked mole-rats are endlessly fascinating,” said Kenton Kerns, assistant curator of Small Mammals. “This new dream home draws visitors into the literal underground life of this species and lets them see how a colony functions.”

The new habitat features approximately 25 feet of tunnels where the mole-rats will patrol, eat, sleep and spend all of their time. It was specially designed to allow visitors to see natural behaviors for the species and to provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how they are cared for at the Zoo.

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