There is a greater hedgehog tenrec Setifer setosus and a smaller, semi-arboreal lesser hedgehog tenrec Echinops telfairi. We have the “lesser” type at the Zoo. Family: Tenrecidae Genus and Species: Echinops telfairi They can live for up to 8 to 10 years in the wild, and about 13 years in human care. Conservation. (Echinops telfairi). Interview with VB: They are nocturnal, so the same care must be taken to awaken them gently like you would for a hamster or sugar glider .