Links - cavy research

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Links to cavy research and promotion


  • BENIN: CECURI (Centre Cunicole de Recherche et d'Information, its French name; [[1]])
  • Laboratoire d’Ethnopharmacologie et de Santé Animale, Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques, Université d’Abomey-Calavi, 01 BP 526 Cotonou, Bénin; A.M.L. Faihun & S.M. Hounzangbe-Adote - Email: syladote (at) yahoo (dot) fr
  • CAMEROON: AEAC (Association des Eleveurs et Agriculteurs du Cameroun, its French name) in Yaoundé, Cameroon, has established a new internet platform for Cavy Innovation Platforms in different regions of Cameroon ([[2]] --> the link needs an update!)

> Contact: Ursule Mekongo, Director AEAC - Email: ursuleclaire (at)

  • CÔTE D’IVOIRE: Institut National Polytechnique Félix Houphouët Boigny, Dépt Agriculture et Ressources Animales, BP 1313 Yamoussoukro (RCI); contact: Dr. Kouakou N'Goran David Vincent, Ingénieur Agronome, Enseignant-chercheur - Email: kwayki (at)
  • Côte d’Ivoire: Peleforo GON Coulibaly University; contact: Dr. Parfait Kouakou - Email: kouakouparfait (at)
  • DR CONGO, Nord-Kivu: LUVUPEL (Lutte contre la vulnérabilité par le petit élevage - its French name); a development project by VSF (Véterinaires Sans Frontiers) (2007-2011 and 2013-2015); contact: Francois Tsongo - Email: tsongofrancois (at)
  • DR Congo, Nord-Kivu: PROMELVU (Projet de Promotion de l’Elevage chez les Vulnérables Urbains, en ville de Butembo - its French name); a development project by VSF-Belgique (2011-2014); Francois Tsongo - Email: tsongofrancois (at)
  • DR CONGO, Sud-Kivu: Cavy producers and experts are Thierry Kalimira Metre - Email: thierrykam2002 (at) - and Anthelme Mugisho-Buhashe - Email:
  • DR Congo, Sud-Kivu: Grenier pour le Développement Intégré - Une ferme pilote pour cobayes et des jardins bio-intensifs en territoire de Walungu
  • DR Congo, Sud-Kivu: "Guinea pigs as guinea pigs, [| reducing bushmeat hunting] while improving communities wellbeing” is a Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) project, which works near the Kahuzi-Biega National Park (KBNP) from 2015 to 2018; a report from 2016 is [| available]; contact: Mr. Andrew Kirkby, Project Manager - Grauer's Gorilla Conservation Project - Email: akirkby (at)
  • DR Congo, Sud-Kivu: Villages Cobayes. A cooperative; contact: Mme Ntakebuka Wilhelmine, Coordinatrice - Email: wenewilly (at)
  • DR CONGO, Katanga: Université de Lubumbashi, Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques, Département de Zootechnie, Lubumbashi; contact: Mme Florence Kampemba Mujinga, Scientist - Email: FloKampemba (at)
  • GHANA: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research-Animal Research Institute (CSI-ARI), Accra, Ghana. Contact: John K. Nyameasem - Email: j.nyameasem (at)
  • KENYA: FIPS Africa (Farm Input Promotions Africa; -- watch their movie on cavies: Contact: Paul Seward - Email:
  • NIGERIA: Federal University of Technology (MTECH), Department of Animal Production, P.M.B. 65, Minna, Niger State, Nigeria. Contact: Stephen Sunday A. Egena - Email: essa_may25 (at)
  • RWANDA: Willy K. Mwiza, Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB), Kigali. Email: mwizawilly (at)
  • TANZANIA: Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Morogoro. Contact: Prof. G. Kifaro - Email: and Edwin Chang'a - Email: the_epc (at)
  • Tanzania: SUA, Morogoro. Contact: Prof. John Msuya - Email: j_msuya (at)
  • Tanzania: TALIRI-Mpwapwa. Contact: Ms. Neema Urassa - Email: nsurassa (at)
  • Tanzania: TALIRI Research Station at Uyole, Mbeya. Contact:

South America

  • COLOMBIA: Universidad de Nariño, Ciudad Universitaria Torobajo, Pasto, Colombia; contact: Dr. Carlos Solarte Portilla, Coordinador Programa de Mejoramiento Genético - Email: csolarte (at) or csolarte (at)
  • Colombia: Lesvy Ramos, Universidad de Nariño, Pasto; Email: lesvyramos (at)
  • Colombia: Nelson Rivas, Universidad del Cauca, Popayan; Email: njvivas (at)
  • Colombia: William Burgos-Paz, CORPOICA; Email: williamobur (at)
  • Ecuador: Diana F. Avilés Esquivel at Universidad Técnica de Ambato (UTA), Ambato - Email: avilesdiana62 (at)
  • Ecuador: Kuri Cuy, a commercial enterprise promoting cavy culture; ; contact Dr. Jaime Esquivel - Email: info (at) or jesquivel (at)
  • PERU: INIA (Instituto Nacional de Innovación Agraria), Lima-La Molina;; the project leader is Lilia Chauca Francia de Zaldivar - Email: lchauca (at)
  • Peru: INIA-St. Ana, Huancayo; Nancy Kajjak -Email:
  • Peru: IVITA (Instituto Veterinario de Investigaciones Tropicales y de Altura), Huancayo; director: Ronald Jiménez - Email: rjimeneza (at)
  • Peru: UNALM (Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina), Lima-La Molina; breeder: Gustavo Gutierrez - Email: gustavogr (at);
  • Peru: DGGA (Dirección General de Ganadería) del Ministerio de Agricultura y Riego; Christian Barrantes Bravo - Email: christian.barrantes.dgga (at)
  • Peru: PROCASUR (an NGO), specialized on knowledge transfer;
  • Peru: PERUCUY - site for information exchange and to coordinate cavy activities in Peru;
  • Peru: Red de Multi-Servicios Regionales - Crianza Comercial de Cuyes (
  • Peru: Heifer International Peru ( - a brochure on husbandry of cavies is available [| here] [in Spanish].
  • BOLIVIA: Proyecto 'Mejocuy' (Proyecto de Mejoramiento Genético y Manejo del Cuy en Bolivia) established in 1987, Universidad Mayor de San Simon, Cochabamba; e.g., and

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  • Bolivia: Elizabeth Rico-Numbela, project MEJOCUY at Universidad San Simon, Cochabamba - Email:
  • Bolivia: Angel Reyna Cochabamba - Email: angel.reyna.zaconeta (at)
  • CHILE: Laboratorio de Genómica Evolutiva de Mamíferos, ICBM, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Chile; Prof. Angel Spotorno - Email: aspotorn (at)

Central America & Caribbean

  • TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine; Prof. Gary Garcia - Email: gary.garcia (at)


  • BEDIM (Bureau pour l’Échange et la Distribution de l’Information sur le Mini-Élevage, its French name; [|]) [The link is inactive! BEDIM seems to be disrupted]
  • BELGIUM: Universite Liege, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, Animal Science Unit, Passage des Deportes 2, B-5030 Gembloux; Prof. Jerome Bindelle - Email: jerome.bindelle (at)
  • CHINA:
  • GERMANY: University of Bielefeld, Department of Animal Behavior, PO Box 10 01 31, D-33501 Bielefeld; Prof. Fritz Trillmich - Email: fritz.trillmich (at)
  • GERMANY: University of Münster, Department of [| Behavioural Biology], Badestrasse 13, D-48149 Münster; Prof. Norbert [| Sachser] - Email: sachser (at) - and Prof. Sylvia Kaiser - Email: kaisesy (at)
  • USA: University of Michigan, Museum of Zoology; Animal Diversity Web

Cavy breeders associations (for fancy)

  • AUSTRALIA: Australian National Cavy Council - ANCC - The National body of the Fancy in Australia
  • FRANCE: French 'Alliance Cobaye de Race' - ACR -
  • NEW ZEALAND: New Zealand Cavy Council - NZCC - The New Zealand Cavy Council champions the exhibition and promotion of purebred Cavies (guinea pigs) in New Zealand.
  • UNITED KINGDOM: British Cavy Council - BCC - The British Cavy Council (BCC) champions the exhibition and promotion of purebred cavies (guinea pigs). It is not a club or an association with members, rather it comprises representatives from each of the thirteen Specialist Breed Clubs in the UK, plus a Chairman and a Secretary/Treasurer.
  • UK Cavy Clubs directory - This site aims to provide free websites for Cavy Clubs that want them, and an 'as up to date as possible' list of cavy clubs that already have their own website.
  • USA: American Cavy Breeders Association - ACBA - The Purpose of the American Cavy Breeders Association shall be to promote the breeding and improvement of the cavy, and to secure publicity for and interest in the cavy as an exhibition, pet and research animal.


  • Cavy Genetics - Basics of the Breeds by Minifluffs Rabbitry
  • Cavy Genetics: An Exploration. Originally written by Nick Warren,1999; revised and updated by Bryan Mayoh, with input from Simon Neesam, 2008. The British Cavy Council. PDF
  • Cavy Genetics. Written by Peter Herman, Caviaria Rusticana, Las Cruces, NM. Article written for the American Cavy Breeders Association Guide Book.
  • ...

Further research interests


  • Working in the Caribbean from the University of Florida, Department of Anthropology, and the [| Florida Museum of Natural History] also publishing on cavies: [| Susan deFrance] (Email: sdef (at) & Michelle LeFebvre (Email: mlefebvre (at), respectively
  • Working in Ecuador, among others, from Binghamton University, Faculty of Anthropology: Peter Stahl with an interest in zooarchaeology (Email: pstahl (at)


  • Banks, R. 1989. The Guinea pig: Biology, care, identification, breeding and genetics. USAMRIID Seminar Series, 35 pp. (URL: [[3]])

Further information

  • Guinea pig in Wikipedia -- quite good and comprehensive page!

Last update: 22 January 2018