The El Paso Zoo is now home to an extremely adorable baby, a .95-pound baby prehensile-tailed porcupine.
The porcupette was born on September 16 to mom Flower and dad Vito in the South American Pavilion. This is the first offspring for 4-year-old Flower and Vito – and the first baby prehensile-tailed porcupine born at the Zoo.
“Animal care staff were excited getting ready for the first prehensile-tailed porcupine birth at the Zoo,” said Collections Supervisor Tammy Sundquist. “It’s always a joy watching a baby grow and the animal care staff is monitoring Flower and baby closely.”
Flower and the baby are bonding behind the scenes and will be on exhibit next month.
This birth is part of a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP) to aid in the species’ conservation.
Prehensile-tailed porcupines are not listed as threatened or endangered, but are pressured by habitat loss and are killed in parts of their range by hunters.