Friday, October 21: Due to rain, Franklin Park Zoo's Midnight Zoo will be closed. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we hope you'll return for the adventure another night!


African Crested Porcupine

Hystrix cristata

Africancrested Porcupine Gallery2


About the African Crested Porcupine


Geographic Range:


Class: Mammalia  
Order: Rodentia
Family: Hystricidae  
Genus: Hystrix  
Species: cristata

The African crested porcupine is named for the crest of white-tipped bristles around its neck. It has long hair and black-and-white quills that can grow to a foot in length. The porcupine does not shoot its quills at predators; rather, it sheds them on impact so that they become imbedded in an attacker.