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Cape Porcupine

Animal Essentials

Scientific Name:
Hystrix africaeaustralis
Park Location:
Children’s Planet
Origin:
Central and Southern Africa
Habitat:

Adapted to most habitats such as savannah, grasslands and forests.

Amazing Facts

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.

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