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Prehensile-Tailed Porcupine
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Prehensile-Tailed PPorcupine

Posted September 2019

The Milwaukee County Zoo is excited to welcome Quinn, a 9-month-old female prehensile-tailed porcupine, to the Small Mammals building! She is being introduced to the female southern three-banded armadillos, Mona and Mira, in their habitat.

Quinn was born last November at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. The Zoo is excited to have Quinn, as it has not had a prehensile-tailed porcupine in its population since 2005. As long as introductions go well, Quinn will be a great addition to the armadillo habitat, as they are both native to South America.

Prehensile-Tailed PPorcupine

Zookeepers report that Quinn was very shy at first, but is adjusting well. They now describe her as, “very active, inquisitive, and friendly,” and also, “spunky.”  Keepers add that she loves to chew on sticks, leaves, and any toys they give as enrichment. She also always smells everything in the exhibit, and is often seen climbing the habitat’s trees. Quinn is mostly fed vegetables and leafy greens, with her favorites being sweet potato and banana.

Prehensile-tailed porcupines are arboreal animals, spending most of their time in trees. These porcupines are also nocturnal, and are known to move to a new tree each day. They are known to live between 12-17 years in human care. The species is named after their prehensile tails, which they use for grasping and hanging in trees.

Stop by the Small Mammals building during your next visit to welcome Quinn! While you’re there, be sure to say “hi” to bush babies, Kirby and Keanu.