With focus on Africa (and developing countries)

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  • Lammers, P.J., Carlson, S.L., Zdorkowski, G.A. and Honeyman, M.S. 2009. Reducing food insecurity in developing countries through meat production: the potential of the guinea pig (Cavia porcellus), Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems 24:155-162. (URL: http://users.tamuk.edu/kfsdl00/Lammers.pdf)
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  • Nuwanyakpa, M., Lukefahr, S.D., Gudahl, D. and Ngoupayou, J.D. 1997. The current stage and future prospects of guinea pig production under smallholder conditions in West Africa; 1. Global overview. Livestock Research for Rural Development 9(5): Article #42; URL:http://www.lrrd.org/lrrd9/5/gp951.htm.

Alphabetically by African country:


  • Faihun, A.M.L., Akouedegni, C.G., Olounlade, P.A., Adenile, D.A. and Hounzangbe-Adote, S.M. 2017. Typologie des élevages de cobayes (Cavia porcellus) au Bénin. International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences 11(2):556-570. (open access; URL: https://www.ajol.info/index.php/ijbcs/article/view/158819)





  • Fransolet, M.C., Horlait, P. and Hardouin, J. 1994. Élevage expérimental du cobaye – Cavia porcellus – en région équatoriale au Gabon. Revue Élev. Méd. Vét. Pays trop. 47(1):107-111.



  • Barwa, E. 2009. Increasing household protein consumption through minilivestock production in Nigeria. The Information Manager 9(2):10-14.
  • Dikko, A.H., S.S.A. Egena, A.A. Malik and H. Ibrahim. 2009. Guinea pig (Cavia porcellus) as an untapped protein source for man: The potentialities, opportunities and challenges. Proceedings of 14th Annual Conference of Animal Science Association of Nigeria (ASAN), 14-17 Sep. 2009, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Nigeria. pp. 540-542.
  • Egena, S.S.A. 2010. Body length, heart girth and trunk length as predictors of live body weight of Guinea pig (Cavia porcellus) in the southern Guinea savannah zone of Nigeria. New York Science Journal 3(2):9-14. PDF
  • Egena, S.S.A. 2011. Relationship between body weight and linear body dimensions of guinea pig (Cavia porcellus) in the southern guinea savanna zone of Nigeria. Malaysian Journal of Science 29(1):10-13. PDF
  • Egena, S.S.A., Alabi, J.O., Dikko, H.A., Stephen, E., Silas, A.T. and Musa, C.T. 2010a. Growth performance and nutrient digestibility of guinea pigs (Cavia porcellus) fed two levels of protein and energy. International Journal of Applied Biological Research (IJABR) 2(2):38-43.
  • Egena, S.S.A., Garba Husseini, Silas, T. and Musa, C.T. 2010b. Effect of sex on linear body measurements of guinea pig (Cavia porcellus). Assumption University Journal of Technology (AU J.T.) 14(1):61-65. PDF
  • Olojede, J.C. and Njoku, M.E. 2007. Involvement of women in livestock production: a means of reducing hunger and malnutrition in Ikwuano local government area of Abia state, Nigeria. Agricultural Journal 2(2):231-235.


  • Mwiza, W.K., Kugonza, D.R. and Mutimura, M. (2016). Growth performance of Cavia porcellus (guinea pig) under intensive feeding regime. Submitted to CABI.


Last update: 23 May 2018