Meet Some Spiky Friends in a Special Wild Encounter at the Cincinnati Zoo This October

You can spend some time with Rico and Quilliam at the zoo’s newest Wild Encounter.

click to enlarge Meet some spiky friends at the Cincinnati Zoo this October. - PHOTO: INSTAGRAM.COM/CINCINNATIZOO
Meet some spiky friends at the Cincinnati Zoo this October.

Are you as in love with the Cincinnati Zoo's porcupine Rico as I am?

Because if so, you can spend some time with the little spiky sweetie at the zoo’s newest Wild Encounter, Porcupine Time

Meet Rico, the prehensile-tailed porcupine, and a star of the zoo’s social media (other than Fiona of course). And you can’t forget Quilliam, the African cape porcupine, who sports an impressive mohawk of quills.


The zoo says you can learn about their “unique habitats, how they use their bodies for defense, and the challenges they face in their ecosystems.”

Tickets cost $75 and the event takes place 2-2:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 24 and 31.

You can also get up close and personal with a variety of animals in the Behind the Scenes tours, where you can explore the habitats of giraffes, penguins, wallabies, elephants, hippos and red pandas. Certain tours are seasonal so check online to see which ones are available. 

The Cincinnati Zoo is located at 3400 Vine St., Avondale.

Get more details on how to become a zoo member, as well as timed tickets and other COVID safety precautions at

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