With the African crested porcupine at Sandwich Wildlife Park we are very lucky to have an exceptionally friendly individual who we had to hand rear as a baby as she was one of 2 babies, and subsequently kicked out of the group by her sibling. Sadly this species at a young age can be extremely competitive when it comes to feeding.
What is a porcupine experience?
You will meet one of our keepers who will walk you through our tropical house and out the other side until you get to our porcupine enclosure (this experience is done outdoors), where they will tell you a little more about what is going to happen and go through some health and safety about the experience.
You will then enter the enclosure with our keeper to meet Nancy, our African crested porcupine up close and personal.
Once you take a seat in the enclosure you will be hand feeding Nancy as she puts her front feet on you for a really close but safe encounter with this prickly individual.
The time in the enclosure with Nancy will be around 15 minutes – after this she usually gets bored of new people, and as soon as she is finished, or she doesn’t want to do the encounter it is time to say good bye to your prickly new friend – our animals never have to do anything they don’t wish to and we can never guarantee a set amount or level of contact.
Are there any porcupine experience restrictions?
Porcupines are a very active species which likes to dig and chew – they are after all still a rodent. As such the enclosure needs to be designed in a way which facilitates this, and as a result the enclosure does have a very uneven ground making it unsuitable for wheelchair access.
The minimum age for this experience is 4 years.
What’s included in the porcupine experience price?
When purchasing an experience ticket this fee will cover that one person doing the experience to participate. You will be met by one of our keepers . Including the experience and health & safety briefing, please expect to be at the park for 30 minutes, however the experience also includes entry to the park for you and one accompanying person as a spectator to ensure that they can get some nice photos of you during the experience. If you wish to have any further spectators these can be purchased with normal day entry tickets at the same time slot as you. Please note that the ability to walk around the park is only available for tickets booked for the 12th October or later which is when the park will open to the public. Until then participants and spectators will not be free to wander around the park and to reflect this any additional spectators until the 12th October will be charged at £5.
How much does the porcupine experience cost?
The porcupine experience costs £60 per person including 1 free spectator. Please note that in order to enter the park unattended participants need to be a minimum age of 16 years. If the participants is under 16 they must use their one free spectator ticket for someone aged over 16, and if the experience is for 2 people aged under 16.