Their name comes from their amazing prehensile tail, which means it can be used to grasp branches and help them climb!

Taxonomic name: Coendou prehensilis

Conservation Status: Least concern (IUCN Red List)

Wild Range: Forests of Venezuela, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Trinidad, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, and Argentina

Diet: leaves, flowers, shoots, roots, and the cambium layer of trees

Longevity in the wild: Approximately 15 years

Size: 30 to 60 cm

Weight: 2 to 5 kg

Find our male prehensile-tailed porcupine, Sangria, in the Kinsmen Discovery Centre