Meet new animals at John Ball Zoo

Mexican porcupine

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) There are about 2,000 animals at John Ball Zoo, ranging from the smallest like scorpions and cockroaches to the biggest like tigers, bears, and lions.

Among the animals at the zoo is a nine-year-old Mexican porcupine. The porcupine was born at the zoo and hand raised by zookeepers. He is an ambassador animal, which means he is used in demonstrations and can be seen out and about at the zoo, where children can see him up close and touch him. Mexican porcupines eat mostly fruits and vegetables and have bright yellow quills. They are a nocturnal animal, and rely on their strong senses of smell and hearing.

The zoo is open seven days a week. Take advantage of spring prices before May 9. Adults are $7, seniors are $6.50, children ages two to 12 are $6, and children under two are free.

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