African Crested Porcupine

African Crested Porcupines (scientific name: Hystrix cristata) live in small family groups consisting of an adult pair with their young. Together they live in an intricate burrow system. These porcupines are nocturnal and will spend much of the night in search of food, usually alone or in small groups.

  • Black and white quills up to 14 inches long
  • Short black tail with rattle quills
  • Long black and white spines up to 20 inches long
  • Quills marked with light and dark bands that alternate



African Crested Porcupines are found in Italy, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa. They are known to be found from mainland Italy to the island of Sicily, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia as well as Ghana, Libya and along the Egyptian coast.

African Crested Porcupine   
22-66 pounds
Large Bag of Dog Food
50 pounds
African Crested Porcupine 24-36 inches long
A Man’s Stride           36 inches long




African Crested Porcupine  Fourth largest rodent in the world
Capybaras    Largest rodent in the world

  • Bark
  • Roots
  • Rhizomes
  • Fallen fruits
  • Cultivated crops

Their long claws help them dig up roots and tubers



  • Hunting
    African Crested Porcupines are often illegally hunted for their meat
  • Quill collecting
    African Crested Porcupine quills have long been thought to be a good luck charm in African culture 
  • Least Concern
Did you know…

There are
species of porcupines!
Did you know…

African porcupine quills can be up to
inches long!
Did you know…

Porcupines are just
Ounces when they are born

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

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  • 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.

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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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