North American Porcupine

The North American porcupine are covered in 30,000 quills that they use as protection from predators and other threats. The North American porcupine lives in coniferous, deciduous and mixed forests.

Fast Facts

  • The stomach of North American porcupines are not covered in quills.
  • Porcupines cannot shoot their quills. 
  • They are excellent climbers and spend most of their time up in trees.

Scientific name

Erethizon dorsatum
Range  North America 
Conservation status Least Concerned
Diet Herbivore
Zoo name(s) Quill Smith
Zoo location Education Building

* Quill Smith was placed at the Amarillo Zoo and was rehabilitated by Wild West Wildlife Rehabilitation due to being shot by a hunter which caused his leg to be amputated due to the severe damage. If you have any questions or concerns or would like to hear more about Quill Smith's story please talk to a Zoo staff member when you visit us! 

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The Amarillo Zoo is located in Thompson Park. Take Hwy 287 North off of I-40, take the N. 24th Ave. exit and go West, turn right into Thompson Park and follow the signs to the Zoo parking lot.

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