Porcupine Meet & Greet

Get ready to meet your new best friend, Quilliam the African crested porcupine! This little guy may look prickly and tough, but we promise he's a sweetheart! Come to his meet and greet and feel those quills for yourself! Plus you'll get to take photos with him, give Quilliam a high-five, and watch him show off his other behaviors!

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What to Expect

Introducing Quilliam, the charming and adorable African crested porcupine who will challenge your preconceptions about porcupines. Despite his prickly appearance, Quilliam is a lovable sweetheart who will instantly capture your heart. Now, you and your family have the incredible opportunity to meet Quilliam up close and personal during our exclusive Porcupine Meet and Greet.

Not only will you have the chance to meet Quilliam, but you can also take memorable photos with him, give him a high-five, and witness some of his amazing behaviors. Tanganyika is one of the few places in the world where you can truly engage with this extraordinary species. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will create lasting memories for the whole family. And the best part? This adventure is suitable for anyone three years and older, so even the little ones can join in on the excitement.

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Tips to Know

  • Children ages 3 and older only, please.
  • Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult
  • 10 people maximum
  • The experience lasts approximately 30 minutes
  • Bring a camera! Photos are allowed.
  • Testimonials from Our Visitors

    A Day in the Porcupine Meet & Greet

    Testimonials

    If you haven’t done any of the “meet & greets” at Tanganyika you are really missing out on an unforgettable experience. We enjoyed them so much we had to book a 2nd time. Lots of fun no matter what your age!

    Lisa Boehmke

    Our family had a wonderful time! The scenery, the animals, and interactions were absolutely awesome. We are planning to back to this very unique zoo. Thank you Tanganyika employees for being so friendly and informative!

    Christian L

    We love everything about this place. The people who run it are truly amazing and care about their guests. The animal feedings are my kid’s favorite part. The splash pad in the summer is such a great addition. This is our favorite place and we can’t rave about it enough!

    Sierra .L Cruz

    Conservation Corner: African Crested Porcupine

    Porcupine quills have traditionally held cultural significance as cherished decorative charms in Africa. Unfortunately, the porcupines face illegal hunting not only for their distinctive quills but also for their meat. The growing human population has led to increased interactions between humans and porcupines, creating challenges for both species.