Animals & Attractions

We have two Cape porcupine here at Edinburgh Zoo, a male named Little Rick and a female named Zahara. 

You can help feed and care for our porcupines and other threatened animals around the world by donating today - if you can, please support our Survival Fund.

Location in the zoo

Our Cape porcupine can be seen opposite our Egyptian vultures.

In the wild

Cape porcupines are common throughout central and southern Africa. They can be found in woodlands, grasslands, deserts and rocky hills.

Their quills are covered in hard keratin, the same material that rhinos horns and human fingernails are made of!

Cape porcupines are fairly common throughout their range, but are often viewed as pests by local farmers because of their destructive habits, including digging up crops and farm land and damaging trees by stripping bark.

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