A Prickle of Hedgehogs
The Sacramento Zoo is a rescue site for hedgehogs, as they are illegal in the pet trade in the State of California. They have a ton of wonderful adaptations for survival and make wonderful zoo education animals. We often have two to three hedgies at any given time so look for them at an animal encounter with our volunteer Docents.
Hedgehogs are easily recognized by their spines, which are hollow stiff hairs. Their spines are not poisonous or barbed and, unlike the quills of a porcupine, cannot easily be removed from the hedgehog. They will spit stinky saliva from their food on their back to aid in protection. They are insectivores and eat mealworms and wax worms. These nocturnal animals like to bury themselves in towels and leaves but do come out for the Stage Shows and ZooMobile programs.
If you see them out meandering with a zookeeper or docent do not be afraid of their spines, they only pretend to be pokey to scare off predators.