Porcupine Keeper Talk

Today at the Zoo

There is always fun to be had at Nashville Zoo.

Besides roaming our trails, grabbing a bite to eat, embarking on a guided tourtaking a spin on the carousel, feeding the lorikeets, and petting the goats - we have a variety of keeper talks and animal feedings scheduled weekly. 

Here you will find our daily schedule of activities. Scheduled events and activities are subject to change, so please be sure to check the schedules prior to your visit.


Porcupine Keeper Talk

07/13/2019, 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.