There isnt much going on in the private collections part of the forum these days and so i thought i would join the few private keepers posting on here and add one of my favourite animals in my own collection. I have kept Lesser Hedgehog Tenrecs for a number of years and they are a fascinating animal to keep. I find they are a lot more friendly than other spiny creatures i have worked with, they tame very well and have an amazing natural history. I have 6 in total consisting of 2 pairs and a related male and female who are from previous years breeding and are kept sperarate. The pairs are currently brumating in the hope that they will breed around April 2013. It is not only the lessers that are kept privately but also, Common Tenrec(Tenrec ecaudatus), both species of Streaked Tenrec (Hemicentetes semispinosus + Hemicentetes nigriceps) and Greater Tenrec (Setifer setosus). In fact all of the 5 spiny tenrec species are kept in the UK, although the Lessers are the most commonly kept. I've attached two pictures, one of my adults and one of a 3 month old youngster that was born earlier this year.