The Barbary squirrel was introduced to the island of Fuerteventura in 1965. The squirrel burrows in bushy rocky areas and grassland. They are colonial animals and live in family groups. They come out to feed early mornings and evenings. The Barbary squirrel can give birth to a litter of up to four twice a year. The Barbary squirrels are often very tame, especially in the main tourist areas and will often feed from your hand.
The North African hedgehog or Algerian hedgehog can be seen on Fuerteventura. It closely resembles the European hedgehog, however, it tends to be smaller than its European counterpart, measuring anywhere from 20 to 25 centimetres in length.