Our Animals

African Crested Porcupine

Meet Turbo

Our resident superstar african crested porcupine! Weighing in at approximately 30 pounds and others reaching up to 60, they are the 3rd largest rodent in the world. Turbo loves to make an appearance at our animal presentations where she educates and entertains. Her favorite rewards are sweet potatoes, oranges, and the occasional scratch on the chin!

Porcupine Quills

These porcupines have much longer quills than the North American porcupines you will see in our walkthrough. Turbo's longest quills can reach up to 13 inches. Porcupine quills are modified hair, 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