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In April's Africa Geographic there is an article regarding the illegal trading in quills. Go check ot out.


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Have seen it once in kruger on the H10, followed by two very hungry female lions in the middle of the road. The lions had some quills stuck to them, so I assume they had been trying to get it for a while.

They then left the road into tall grass, and that was the last we saw of them.

This was in my days without digital cameras and all the goodies, so the image is only left in my head.

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Saw two Porcupines, few meters apart in a Satara night drive.

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yes they are cute and interesting looking and all that stuff, but seriously: Does anybody have ANY advise or old "boererate" for keeping porcupies OUT of your garden??? :? :?

I'm having a hell of a problem keeping 2 individuals out of my garden at night, and they are messig up my beautiful garden!!

I've tried the old "pot & spoon" trick at night, but hey, I NEED SOME SLEEP AS WELL, (and the neighbours keep looking at me strangely in the morning.

I have heard about the wild garlic thing, as well as some old lady telling me that apparantly Aghapanthas (???) works well. My only problem is that I'm scared my Puppy dog will try and eat some of the Aghapanthas, and as fas as I know, they are very poisonious


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Two years ago, I had the same kind of sighting than Jakoventer.
On a nightdrive, we were following lions on the hunt. and they fell on a porcupine right in the middle of the road.
2 female lions tried to get it but they had to give up very quickly.. too difficult ...

I got a shot of the action but unfortunately, it was completely out of focus ...

the only time I ever saw a porcupine ...

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amanzi wrote:
yes they are cute and interesting looking and all that stuff, but seriously: Does anybody have ANY advise or old "boererate" for keeping porcupies OUT of your garden???


You've got bushbabies, porcupines... hey!!! where do you live? :shock: Maybe you should ask sanparks to add your home to their parks... :lol:

Jokes apart, i can't imaging having such a nice animals on the backyard of my house... When I see a "light bug" (sorry i don't know the name in english) at my parents house I get so excited, and one time that a little snake went inside the swiming pool I couldn't believe how lucky we were... so i can't imagine living with those at home...


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I must confess.

It is nice having all types of animals frequent your garden at night, Porcupines,Genet,Duiker,Bushbabies and others that we just don't see, but sometimes it feels like an ongoing battle between the good,bad, and the ugly :lol:

I,m trying to maintain my garden, and they thank me for the wonderfull buffet :?

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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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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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Unread postPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 9:14 pm 
Amanzi, that comes with the territory, I guess!

Maybe get a dog!? :?


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This might not even belong here, but I would like to share this super sighting I had on Saturday night.
As per my username I was skydiving at Robertson airfield over the weekend. On Saturday evening after the other people had gone to sleep, my SO and I were chilling out next to the braai fire when we heard a strange russling in the dark. Suddenly to our suprise two full grown porcupines came waddling towards us. Unfortunately there was no time to dash inside for the camera, so we just sat back and enjoyed the sight. The DZ is next to town and to see these shy and scarce creatures so close to civilisation was a treat. This is the first time I have seen them in the wild, I felt blessed. :dance:

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You're definately spoiled. I'm yet waiting to see them in the wild :)

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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:

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Perhaps a reason for coming into close contact with humans they are looking for salt.
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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)

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Very Interesting :shock: I'm going to salt all my clothes and go sit in the bush!! :twisted:

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