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African Crested Porcupine

Scientific Name

Hystrix cristata

👀 Animal Footmark

Learn more about them below

Cactus, Thistle, Charmin
Fun Fact!
Did you Know?!
African-crested porcupines are the heavyweight champions of the porcupine world! These magnificent creatures truly stand out with their impressive size and awe-inspiring crests.

Life Span

In the wild

12 - 15 years

at the zoo

15 - 20 years



30 - 60 pounds


1.6 - 2.5 feet



A lot of insects and occasionally plants.


Originated from Sub-Saharan Africa

They dwell in rocky outcrops, grasslands, and forests.

Conservation Status

Least Concern (LC)

Learn more about their conversion status.

The IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Natur maintains the Red List, a global database assessing the conservation status of species. It's a vital tool for tracking endangered species and guiding conservation efforts.

in the twin valleys

African Crested Porcupine
On Map
Visit them at Brantford Nature's Getaway

Navigate to them across our 25 acres.

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Find them in Brantford