Welcome To America!

Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma WA became the first zoo in America to add pouched rats to their animal encounters.

The 3 female Ansorgei pouched rats, Celine, Chiku and Mona Lisa all bred and trained by APOPO flew to the USA in May and made their debut appearance on July 20th 2019.

To learn more about Point Defiance Zoo and their new residents and to find out how you can see them check out their website at

And The Award Goes To…

On June 21st 2019 UKpouchies was proudly award for Best Pet Rat Care & Advisory Service 2019

This was awarded to us by Lux Magazine.

Everyone at UKpouchies would like to thank everyone who have supported us over the last 12 years and we hope to be able to continue giving the level of service that has enabled us to achieve this award.

A full list of winners can be found at

Isle of Wight County Show 2019

On June 30th 2019 the UKpouchies team got an opportunity to attend our first show at the Isle of Wight County Show.

Our team attend with 2 of the new faces of UKpouchies, Sir Diddymus the First and Ziyal and had the honour of being joi ed by a special guest, APOPO’s founder Bart Weetjens who did a special talk about the work that APOPO and their HeroRATs do.


UKpouchies Newlook Website

The UKpouchies website is currently going through a long overdue facelift.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused during this time but if you have any feedback, comments or suggestions as to what you would like to see on the website then please feel free to email your feed suggestions to our website administrator at


The Rat & Mouse Magazine

The Rat & Mouse Magazine will be running an article about the care of pouched rats written by UKpouchies very own Lesley Reed. This is Lesley’s first ever attempt at writing an article of this kind.

To find out how to get a copy go to Rat & Mouse Magazine

Free full online access to issue 8 will be given to NPRS members.