- Scientific Name:
- Hystrix africaeaustralis
- Park Location:
- Children’s Planet
- Central and Southern Africa
- Adapted to most habitats such as savannah, grasslands and forests.
- Porcupines have extremely sharp quills made up of hair which act as spikes to deter any predators.
- Unlike other rodents, a porcupine’s life span can range from between 15 to 20 years
Our porcupines live alongside our meerkats and their diet is predominantly a wide variety of vegetables. Porcupines are monogamous animals and live in extended family groups consisting of an adult male and female and their offspring.
They generally forage alone, but a pair may be found searching for food along with their offspring. There is sexual dimorphism in the species, as females are larger than the males. Unlike other rodents, a porcupine’s life expectancy is from 15 to 20 years.
The porcupine’s armament of spines and quills acts as a significant deterrent to most predators and although they do occasionally come under attack from lions and leopards, they are generally able to fend off any fatal encounters.