African Crested Porcupine
African Crested Porcupine
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ABout African Crested Porcupine

PORCUPINES ARE WIDELY KNOWN FOR THEIR SHARP QUILLS. HOWEVER, MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THAT CRESTED PORCUPINES WARN THEIR PREDATORS LONG BEFORE ACTUALLY INJURING THEM.

When a crested porcupine feels threatened, it will stomp its feet, click its teeth, growl and vibrate its quills before it pokes its predator. Porcupines reside in natural shelters near roots and rocks, inside holes made by each other or holes they dig themselves.

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Facts & Statistics
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Average Size
33 inches long, 44 pounds
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Native Region
Africa
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Eating Habits
Roots, bark and fruit
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Conservation Status
Least Concern
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Additional Experiences
Climb aboard the White River Junction Train Ride for a tour of the "Zoo behind the Zoo."

Riders will enjoy a 10-minute narrated journey and learn about our Plains animals, greenhouse, gardens, the Zoo’s
15,000-square-foot veterinary hospital, maintenance and commissary departments and other behind-the-scenes operations
necessary to run the Zoo. Available mid-March through December, riders will also learn about the Zoo’s animal conservation
mission.

Come see for yourself.

Look no further. Connect with our amazing animals and learn about the wild places they come from.

Where are they at the Zoo?
The African Cresteds Porcupine are located in the Plains Exhibit.
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