Please note: Due to the Caribbean Festival Parade on Saturday, August 29, vehicular access and parking will be greatly affected around Franklin Park Zoo. Beginning at approximately 9:00 a.m., Peabody Circle will be closed to vehicular traffic and vehicular access to Franklin Park Zoo will only be available from the Shea Rotary on Morton Street. Parking for Zoo guests will only be available at the Giraffe entrance accessed via Pierpont Road.

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African Crested Porcupine

Hystrix cristata

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About the African Crested Porcupine

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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.