Skip to content

SANParks.org Forums

View unanswered posts | View active topics






Post new topic Reply to topic  Page 1 of 2
 [ 23 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Porcupine
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 9:49 am 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jan 24, 2006 4:11 pm
Posts: 191
Location: Heart, mind and soul on an early morning drive close to Satara, unfortunately the body is in CPT!
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?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 10:43 am 
Offline
Moderator
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2005 6:31 pm
Posts: 11277
Location: Ballito, KZN North Coast, South Africa
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.

_________________
Where ever you go, go with all your Heart.

Kruger - 12th Feb - 20th Feb.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 8:14 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger

Joined: Sun Aug 21, 2005 4:30 pm
Posts: 145
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.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 8:21 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Nov 30, 2005 6:17 pm
Posts: 145
Location: Germany
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.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Mon Nov 20, 2006 7:22 am 
Offline
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
User avatar
Award: Birder of the Year (2013)
Joined: Thu Dec 02, 2004 10:27 am
Posts: 5380
Location: Chasing down the rarities
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.

_________________
659
Latest Lifer(s): Slaty Egret, Ayres's Hawk-Eagle

Follow me as I bird on Twitter @wildtuinman


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2007 8:31 am 
Online
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Thu Jan 13, 2005 9:02 pm
Posts: 17140
Location: mind in SA, body in The Netherlands
This months Africa Geographic has a special on the endangered
porcupine

_________________
Submit your Images


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: porcupines
Unread postPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 2:36 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Mon May 05, 2008 1:32 pm
Posts: 1169
Hi Forumites

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

any idea where in knp there is a population??


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 2:59 pm 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Mon Aug 13, 2007 9:08 am
Posts: 2162
Location: Leeu Valley
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:


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Porcupines
Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 9:00 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Tue Sep 16, 2008 11:11 pm
Posts: 2626
Location: Sunninghill(JHB), Vaalwater & Beauty(Waterberg), Grahamstown(E.C)
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

Can't wait until the day I do :pray:

_________________
:dance: STIFFNECKS MEMBER :dance:

FGASA LEVEL 1


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Porcupines
Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2008 10:55 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sat Mar 08, 2008 10:19 pm
Posts: 540
Location: In the county of the Red Rose...
Perhaps a reason for coming into close contact with humans they are looking for salt.
Quote:
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.
(wikipedia)

_________________
Like a true Nature child, I was born, Born to be Wild


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Porcupines
Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 26, 2008 6:14 pm 
Offline
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
User avatar
Award: Funniest/Best Forumite Name (2013)
Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2005 12:38 pm
Posts: 9825
Location: In the shadow of Table Mountain
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.

_________________
Whatever (according to BB): "You are correct but I don't want to admit it".


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Porcupines
Unread postPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2008 10:26 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sat Sep 29, 2007 3:15 pm
Posts: 153
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.

_________________
Need to get there soon !!!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Porcupines
Unread postPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 8:23 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Fri Oct 26, 2007 11:42 am
Posts: 69
Location: Johannesburg
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

_________________
Latest Lifers - White- backed Night Heron brings my list to 631


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

Image

Image

CUSTOS, July 1988


Top
  
 
 Post subject: Re: Porcupine
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 10:36 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger

Joined: Thu Jan 22, 2009 11:29 pm
Posts: 544
Location: Okavango
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!

_________________
Mana Pools: 11th - 20th Oct
KNP: 27th Nov - 5 Dec


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 23 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group

Webcams Highlights

Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Submitted by Shiba at 19:57:21 Submitted by omaerika at 07:54:10 Submitted by alpha centauri at 06:53:07 Submitted by mitzi 14 at 16:42:20