Kruger Park Mammals - Cape Porcupine
The Cape Porcupine (Hystrix africaeaustralis), also known as the Crested or South African Porcupine is a distinctive animal that can weigh up to 30 kilograms and live up to 15 years.
Kruger National Park Porcupine Distribution Map
The Cape Porcupine occurs all throughout the Kruger National Park. They do favour drier rocky areas, but will adapt to any habitat within the Kruger Park. I have had quite a lot of success (In terms of sightings) in the Olifants region of the Kruger Park. They sometimes enter Kruger's camps, and can be quite inquisitive at times.
More Information On Kruger's Porcupine
The Cape Porcupine is the largest rodent in the Kruger National Park and is mainly preyed upon by Caracal and Leopard. There are some Lions and Hyaena's in the Kruger that "specialize" in hunting Porcupines. Contrary to popular belief, the Cape Porcupine cannot shoot it's quills. Instead when under attack they have the ability to rattle them. The quills on the Porcupine come off fairly easily when under attack and often get stuck on their predator's bodies, sometimes causing fatal injury.
Kruger Park Porcupine Gallery
There are currently no photo's of Kruger's Porcupine.