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Unread postby cptphotographer » Thu Aug 10, 2006 9:49 am

I saw my first porcupine in the wild two weeks ago on the Satara/Orpen Road, only about 5km from Satara. It scurried into the bush before I could get a picture, even though the camera was lying next to me.

Have anyone else seen these fascinating creatures in Kruger?

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Unread postby Elsa » Thu Aug 10, 2006 10:43 am

No, unfortunately not, we have only come across a lot of Porcupine quills lying in the road once and that was on the H4-2 en route to L.Sabie.
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Unread postby leopardspotter » Thu Aug 10, 2006 8:14 pm

I saw one during my first trip to Kruger in 2004 on a night drive at Letaba. When the spotlights shone on it, the porcupine 'puffed up' and spread it's quills :o . It then disapeared into the bush after a few seconds.

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Unread postby christelsabine » Thu Aug 10, 2006 8:21 pm

From former visits to W-Africa, I still have some "souvenirs" of porcupine, means quills. An old local gave them to me. A quill is nearly as hard as a knife. It's surprising how "strong" it is :shock: I use it to open envelopes.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Nov 20, 2006 7:22 am

Heard something interesting,

One tends to find bones around these animals' hideout holes. Because of their teeth constantly growing they nibble on these bones to keep the teeth short and maintainable.
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Unread postby bert » Wed Apr 18, 2007 8:31 am

This months Africa Geographic has a special on the endangered
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Unread postby joekin » Thu Jun 12, 2008 2:36 pm

Hi Forumites

i've always wanted to see porcupine. only ever seen their spines.

any idea where in knp there is a population??

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Unread postby DotDan » Thu Jun 12, 2008 2:59 pm

Joekin, I think that they occur throughout the park.

Because they are mainly nocturnal your best bet would be a night drive.

We saw one back in March doing a night drive at Letaba..they are bigger than you think :shock:

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Re: Porcupines

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Thu Sep 25, 2008 9:00 pm

I've found Porcupine spoor, quills, and dung to many times in the bush.........But as far as im concerned theres no such thing :naughty: :D

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Re: Porcupines

Unread postby Emily86 » Thu Sep 25, 2008 10:55 pm

Perhaps a reason for coming into close contact with humans they are looking for salt.
Porcupines in search of salt sometimes encroach on human habitats, eating plywood cured with sodium nitrate,[2] certain paints, and tool handles, footwear, clothes and other items that have been coated in salty sweat.
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Re: Porcupines

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Fri Sep 26, 2008 6:14 pm

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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Re: Porcupines

Unread postby Donny » Sat Sep 27, 2008 10:26 am

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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Re: Porcupines

Unread postby gfordyce » Sat Oct 04, 2008 8:23 am

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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Re: Porcupine

Unread postby Richprins » Tue Feb 03, 2009 8:29 pm

This from the "Gugglepruffe" quiz down in the dungeons:

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Re: Porcupine

Unread postby o-dog » Tue Feb 03, 2009 10:36 pm

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!

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