Pouched rats keen sense of smell is used by humans for the detection of both landmines and tuberculosis. APOPO work with and train these rats to sniff out landmines.
Our only Gambian Pouched Rat is Bella. Bella came to us in 2022, and was born in 2019.
She has started training with us and will hopefully be a future addition to our shows. Bella is definitely an independent girl who likes her own space but she is also very inquisitive and loves a tasty fruit snack or some worms.
She is very vocal and always lets you know how she is feeling with a series of squeaks.