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Crested Porcupine

Zoo Location: Primley
Crested Porcupine
Habitat

Wooded and rocky areas.

Wild Diet

Fruit, roots, tubers, bark and bones.

Behaviour

This is a stout bodied rodent with sharp spines up to 30cm long on its back. The hollow quills on the tail can be rattled in warning when the tail is vibrated. They dig burrows where they spend the day, emerging at night to feed.

Breeding

1-3 youngsters are born in a burrow after a gestation of 112 days (3.5-4 months). The young are born with soft spines and remain in the nest until the spines harden when they are about two weeks old.

Threats

Hunting for food.

Conservation

Captive populations in zoos are being managed co-operatively.

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INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Hystrix africaeaustralis
  • Class: Mammals
  • Order: Rodentia
  • Family: Hystricidae
  • Conservation status: Least Concern