Indian crested porcupine

Hystrix indica


Family: Hystricidae

Reaching up to 18 kilos, the Indian crested porcupine is one of the largest rodents in Asia. Its fur has transformed into a great defense mechanism: sharp spikes that can seriously injure or even kill an enemy. A good swimmer and can climb if necessary. Nocturnal animal that spends its days hiding in caves. Eats bones and fallen antlers to gather calcium and other minerals to grow spikes. Newborn porcupines have soft spikes that intensify and sharpen up in the first 10 days.

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  • Ticket office
  • Indoor expositions *
  • Children’s Zoo

*Indoor expositions are closed on Mondays.
The Zoo closes two hours after the ticket office is closed.

How to get here

Paldiski mnt. 145 – North Entrance

From Tallinn city centre (Kaubamaja) bus no. 42 (Bus stop Zoo) From Freedom square (Vabaduse väljak) buses no. 22, 41, and 42 (Bus stop Zoo) From Railway station (Balti jaam) buses no. 21, 41, and 43 (Bus stop Zoo)

Ehitajate tee 150 – West Entrance

From Tallinn city centre (Kaubamaja) bus no. 42 (Bus stop Karikakra or Nurmenuku) From Railway station (Balti jaam) bus no. 43 (Bus stop Karikakra, Nurmenuku or Zoo) Buses no. 10, 12, 13, 28, 37, 45, 46, 47

Zoo map


E-R +372 6943 300; Emergency: 512 69 65

Ehitajate tee 150/Paldiski mnt. 145
Tallinn 13522, Estonia

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