The African crested porcupine's body is covered with coarse quills 1 to 13 inches long and of varying thicknesses. Its most heavily armed area is its hindquarters, which have short, thick quills.
African crested porcupines eat tubers, bark, bulbs, fallen fruit and cultivated root crops. They are nocturnal and forage alone at night, travelling up to 9 miles in their search for food. They return to the den and rest during the day. Though they forage alone, they live in small family groups made up of an adult pair and their young, both infants and juveniles. They develop elaborate burrows to house this family group.
The sharp, sturdy quills of the African crested porcupine give it highly effective protection against predators. Its body is covered with coarse quills 1 to 13 inches long and of varying thicknesses. Its most heavily armed area is its hindquarters, which have short, thick quills.
Our two African Crested Porcupines are called Nancy & Ellie. They joined the Paradise family in June 2021 and have settled in really well.
Nancy spends the majority of her day asleep in bed and then spends her evenings digging holes and chewing on the logs and branches keepers have placed in the enclosure.
Ellie is a little timider than her housemate, Nancy but keepers say she is settling in very well. Nancy has even taken Ellie under her wing (or spikes!) and they are often seen cuddling up in bed together.