(Puerco espin) Coendu mexicanus
These two beautiful animals arrived in January 2012 as a result of an illegal pet confiscation by MINAET officials. Agile and intelligent, the prehensile-tailed porcupine can hang from tree branches with its prehensile tail as it feeds on arboreal delicacies. As they spend most of the night foraging, their large noses enhance their ability to smell their favorite foods. Contrary to popular belief, these mammals cannot throw their quills, but when forced to defend themselves they will hit their spiky bodies against their intruders.
We are hoping that this unique prehensile-tailed nocturnal specie will reproduce. In this case, they would be added to our breeding to release program. This means that whenever they reproduce in a non-imprinting hands-off environment like ours, their wild offspring would be subsequently released to MINAET selected areas.