Have you heard about the African crested porcupine? It is a really big rodent native to Africa. They’re the biggest porcupine species in the world, growing up to 3 feet long and weighing up to 60 pounds!

Porcupines are known for their unique quills. These sharp, long quills are their main defense against predators, and they can raise and lower them at will. It’s not just for protection though, they also use them to communicate by rattling them when they’re feeling threatened or agitated.

Despite their fearsome quills, porcupines don’t go out of their way to attack people and they usually avoid human settlements. However, farmers consider them pests as they can damage crops and dig up fields.

African crested porcupines are herbivores and mostly eat roots, tubers, and fruit. But they’re also known to have a bit of an adventurous side and eat insects, small vertebrates, and even carrion. They live in groups of up to 20 individuals and communicate with each other through barks, growls, and squeals.

Even though they’re not endangered, African crested porcupines are still facing threats to their survival. Habitat loss and hunting are the biggest culprits, as they’re hunted for their meat and quills which are used for decoration and jewelry.

Luckily, conservation efforts are being made to protect these amazing creatures and their habitats. In some places, porcupine hunting is strictly regulated and there are efforts to preserve their habitats. 

In short, African crested porcupines are incredible animals that play a significant role in their ecosystem. They need our help to ensure their survival, and conservation efforts are vital to protecting them and their habitats.

Fabio von Prickles was rescued from a roadside zoo that was closed down in Canada in the summer of 2019. The animals at the roadside zoo were evidence in a court case for about 2 years which meant Carolina Tiger Rescue could not talk about the animals we received from that rescue during that time. The case has now been resolved which means the animals have been permanently placed with Carolina Tiger Rescue and we can now tell about their story. All the animals that used to reside at the roadside zoo were rehomed to legitimate sanctuaries. Carolina Tiger Rescue took in Fabio and 4 coatimundis.

Read more about him HERE!

This image shows our African Crested Porcupine, Fabio, enjoying some enrichment using scents and a cardboard box.

About Carolina Tiger Rescue

Carolina Tiger Rescue is a 501(c)3 nonprofit wildlife sanctuary whose mission is saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild.

Carolina Tiger Rescue

1940 Hanks Chapel Rd. Pittsboro, NC 27312 (919) 542-4684 (919) 542-4454 info@carolinatigerrescue.org

Wildlife should be in the Wild



  • We believe the ideal home for wildlife is in the wild.
  • We believe it is critical to conserve their native habitats.
  • We believe wild animals should not be kept as pets.
  • We believe captive breeding should ONLY be done in accordance with Species Survival plans.
  • We believe all wild animals, both captive and in their native habitats, deserve to be treated with respect and not exploited for entertainment and commercial purposes.

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Coming out for a tour is a great way to learn more about the animals that call Carolina Tiger Recue home. We offer many different types of tours.  Public tours are great for adults and families. Twilight tours are for adults only (18 years of age and older). Tiger Tales are a perfect option if you want to bring out really young children. Find the tour that is right for you and enjoy a walk through the sanctuary.

For all tours, tickets must be purchased in advance.

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Virtual Field Trips

Education is key to our mission.  We enjoy teaching "kids" of all ages!  Our field trips, both virtual and onsite, are ideal for groups of kids.  Our "Kid for a Day" Adult Camp provides a unique learning opportunity while allowing adults to channel their inner child.  While all of these opportunities are structured differently, in the end we want everyone to walk away knowing more about the animals we care for and what they can do to help protect them.

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Group Volunteering

There are so many ways to be a part of Carolina  Tiger Rescue.  Individual volunteers are able to help in many aspects of our work, including animal care, tour guides, construction, and gift shop assistance.  Work groups come from community groups, colleges, work places, and more!  It’s a great way to spend a day and it helps care for the cats.