In a month, it'll be "Howloween at the Zoo" and before you know it, "Boo at the Zoo."  However, right now, they are proud to announce the birth of a prehensile-tailed porcupine.

It's the fifth offspring for parents Mattie and Zoey. According to the zoo, the porcupette was born on August 21 and weighed in at 596 grams and has been steadily been gaining weight. These animals are found in South America.

This has been part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP) at the Binghamton Zoo. Each SSP monitors the breeding of a species to keep a healthy and self-sustaining captive population.

The Binghamton Zoo is a contributor to the captive population and looks forward to continuing with this program. They are involved with 22 SSP programs altogether and they have begun their fall fundraising campaign to continue their work with the Species Survival Plan.

The Binghamton Zoo began in 1875 and was built by local residents and is America's fifth oldest zoo. Its 144th season is coming to and end and the zoo are looking forward to their 145th year. Go here to find out how you can support them as they get ready for next year.

The Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park is located at 60 Morgan Road and is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day with the zoo closing at 5 p.m.

[via Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park]