African Crested Porcupine
About the African Crested Porcupine
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.
Porcupines need to stay indoors and off exhibit if it's below 40 degrees. Visit our Winter Visits page to learn more about the amazing animals you can still see during the winter.
You Can Find This Animal in the Serengeti Crossing
Don’t Get Me Rattled!
These porcupines have an unusual way of warding off enemies by shaking hollow quills on the tips of their tails when predators are detected. The resulting rattle is an unmistakable threat.