Common Name: African Crested Porcupine
Scientific Name: Hystrix cristata
getting an up close at a porcupine - and vice versa.
Recommended LINKS & BOOKS
University of Michigan's Porcupine Info page.
Dr. David Macdonald's Encyclopedia of Mammals is one of the great standards for mammal information including the porcupines. Purchase it through Amazon.com by clicking on the photo to help the zoo!
Another excellent text on African mammals is The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals.