Our Animals

African Crested Porcupine

Meet Turbo

African Crested Porcupines are the 3rd largest rodent in the world, with some indivuduals weighing as much as 60lbs. These porcupines also have much longer quills than the ones you will see in our walkthrough. Turbo's longest quills can reach up to 13 inches. Turbo loves to make an appearance at our animal presentations where she is rewarded with sweet potatoes and oranges.

Porcupine Quills

Porcupine quills are modified hair follicles, and are therefore shed in the same way as our own hair, simply by falling out. These quills typically lie flat but can be raised in defense if the porcupine feels threatened. The quills cannot be thrown at predators but do easily fall out, sometimes giving the illusion of being thrown.

Common Name Porcupine

Scientific Name Hystrix cristata

Type Mammal

Status Least Concern

Diet Herbivore

Geographic Range Found in sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and Italy

Life Span 5 to 7 Years

Offspring 1 - 4 Porcupettes