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Damaraland mole rats (Fukomys damarensis) at the Houston Zoo. These burrowing rodents from sub-Saharan Africa are one of only two known eusocial mammals.

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A silvery mole rat (Heliophobius argenteocinereus) at the Plzen Zoo in the Czech Republic.

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A silvery mole rat (Heliophobius argenteocinereus) at the Plzen Zoo in the Czech Republic.

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A Mechow’s mole rat (Cryptomys mechowi) at the Houston Zoo.

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Damaraland mole rat (Fukomys damarensis) at the Houston Zoo. This species is one of only two eusocial mammals, with members of colonies all serving specific roles, much like bees.

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Damaraland mole rats (Fukomys damarensis) at the Houston Zoo. These burrowing rodents from sub-Saharan Africa are one of only two known eusocial mammals.

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