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Belfast Zoo has 11 new porcupines

11 Cape porcupines were brought to the zoo and they can now be seen in their new home. 

Belfast Zoo has welcomed 11 Cape porcupines who arrived last month and are now on view to the public.

This prickle of porcupines were transferred from a zoo in Spain which recently closed down.

Cape porcupines are the largest porcupines in the world and come from Africa.

 A group of pocupines is a 'prickle', Cape porcupines are the largest porcupines in the world and come from Africa.

They are not the only prickly creatures to have sought refuge at Belfast Zoo recently.

Two rescued hedgehogs requiring intensive care after suffering eye damage have also taken up residence.

It is estimated the hedgehog population in the UK has declined by 30 per cent in the past 10 years due to the loss of habitat in towns and in the countryside, farming and road deaths.

Zoo manager Alyn Cairns said Belfast Zoo aims to "conserve species which are under increasing threats in their natural habitat, to educate our visitors about the wonders of wildlife and to play a pivotal role in animal welfare".

You can find out more about Northern Ireland’s native wildlife and habitats at Belfast Zoo’s native species fun days on Friday June 30 and Saturday July 1. 

11 Cape porcupines were brought to the zoo and they can now be seen in their new home. 

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