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The African crested porcupine is the largest porcupine in the world. The black and white quills along the head and back of this spiny mammal can be raised into a crest, hence its common name of crested porcupine. These sturdy, sharp quills, which are about 12 inches long and marked with alternating light and dark bands, provide highly effective protection against predators. You can find our two porcupines in the Tropics at the Zoo.