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 Post subject: Re: Porcupines
Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 6:14 pm 
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Porcupines are quite common throughout SA, but being nocturnal are not often spotted. I have seen them on a few occasions very late at night in a private reserve, and early one morning, one scuttled across the road in front of us on the way to the confluence in KTP.

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I was on a night drive in Satara last year and was lucky to see one on the H1-3 just south of the H6.

Really chuffed at that sighting.The only time i have seen one in the wild.

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We were lucky enough to see porcupines in seperate locations on a night drive, with Martie from Lower Sabie, last Saturday. We were on the H10. One of them was fanning its tail. This was the first time we have ever seen them. :D

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We went looking for horseshoe bats earlier on this year in some old mine tunnles and found one of these guys sleepin away in the tunnles so we quikly made a U-turn and went out :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Porcupines
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Late one evening, long after my weary body had dropped gratefully into my sleeping bag, in the Cedarberg mountains in the Western Cape I was woken by one of my fellow hikers. When I sat up he pointed to a porcupine sitting peacefully on the backpack of one of our fellow campers.

After a few minutes the porcupine gently ambled off, seemingly mildly offended by the torchlight.

Afterwards my friend admitted he only woke me so that he'd have a witness to the veracity of his story the following day.

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 Post subject: Re: Porcupines
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I've only seem them once on a Letaba night drive. :)


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I have seen 4 in kruger, all on night drives. and mainly in the orpen/satara area as well as berg-en-dal.

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 Post subject: Re: Porcupine
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 8:29 pm 
This from the "Gugglepruffe" quiz down in the dungeons:

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 Post subject: Re: Porcupine
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Wow amazing pic and story re: Namib Porcupine!

Unitil KNP Dec 2005, the only porcupine I had seen in the park was an unfortunate one in the tops of a marula tree with the predator lazily draped over a branch further down (off the H1-4 around S90 junction - Satara vicinity)
In Dec 05 we were staying at Satara and the one night saw one on the nightdrive just South of the S100 on the H1-3. It poured with rain during the night and the next morning we left first thing at 430am and had 2 separate sightings in 20 minutes, one of an adult and another of a pair of adults both between the camp and the S90 on the H1-3. Apart from those glorious 8 hours we havn't seen them in the park otherwise in the 20 plus 10-day trips we've done there. Strange how things go!

Other good places to see them are the Karoo National Park (had luck there) and without a doubt the WCNP where on some nights they seem to be common including 6 in 3 sightings one night.

Even saw a dead one on Rhodes drive as you go past UCT coming from town, a few years back!

It seems the Satara area is good also judging by the other posts-good luck to you all in searching for them!

PS: I can never get good honey badger sightings-everyone has their animal that drives them crazy!

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 Post subject: Re: Porcupine
Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:08 pm 
Here's an old pic from CUSTOS 1978


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Grey duiker the victim.


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i'd rather get taken out by a porcupine then have sideburns like that dude :twisted:

thats so um 197-----i mean 1800's


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RP thanks for all the old clippings. i really love to compare the old to new, the book i found from 1983 still has a section for "non whites" and "non white servants" amazing and great to see how far our country has come :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Porcupine
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Hahaha....those are mad chops! :shock: Very interesting, cant see what the duiker would have done to get jabbed like that?!

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Rusty Justy wrote:
Hahaha....those are mad chops! :shock: Very interesting, cant see what the duiker would have done to get jabbed like that?!



dude i had such a come back for that.....starts with a Pr, and rhymes with stick....but hey its a family forum :twisted:


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 Post subject: Re: Porcupine
Unread postPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2010 5:38 pm 
Hey, joekin!

Personally I can't wait for the "sideburns" to come back into fashion!

That is Piet Bronkhorst, legendary old Chief Ranger of Southern Parks, if memory serves...

Rusty..they said elsewhere it was just a midnight collision and reaction from the porcupine feeling threatened...too bad so sad! :cry:

Not a common occurence!


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