African Crested Porcupine


Park Names: Thelma, Louise
Scientific name: Hystrix cristata
Family: Old World Porcupine
Classification: Rodent

Place of Origin: Italy, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa
Lifespan (in wild): 20 years
Weight: 30 lbs.
Body size: 24 to 36 inches long
Top speed: 6 mph.
Diet: Herbivores
Habitat: Hilly, rocky habitats in sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and Italy.

Fun Facts

  • Some porcupines have up to 30,000 quills on their body
  • Porcupines can’t shoot out their quills, but they will be easily released when predators touch the animal.
  • They use their strong feet and curved claws to climb trees.
  • They are known to collect bones and keep them hidden under the ground in caves or burrows
  • The word porcupine means ‘quill pig’

Conservation Status

Least Concern

Annual Cost of Care

The cost to care for this animal per year is $600.

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