Porcupine Keeper Talk
06/15/2019, 10:30 AM to 10:45 AM
Weekly on Saturday
Porcupine Exhibit map
African crested porcupines are the largest porcupine in the world and the third largest rodent. Despite popular belief, no porcupine can shoot their quills. If they feel threatened they will raise their quills to seem larger, as well as stamp their feet, click their teeth, and rattle their quills. If all of that fails the porcupine will run backward and ram their attacker with their quills. Porcupines form monogamous pairs, meaning they breed together for long periods of time. Females will have 1-3 offspring called porcupettes who only stay with the mother for a few months.
You can meet our two porcupines Dave Sharpell and Jake Quillenhall (yes, those are their real names) between the Tapir and Cougar exhibits.