Cape Porcupine

Cape Porcupine

Cape Porcupine

Scientific Name

Hystrix africaeaustralis


Central and Southern Africa


Sheltering in rock crevices, caves, abandoned aardvark burrows, or underground burrow.ts

What do they eat?

Fruit, bulbs, roots, bark, crops, sometimes carrion


Least concern

Conservation Threats

Habitat loss and overhunting

Fun Fact
  • At birth, baby porcupines — known as porcupettes — are covered in soft, sensitive bristles. As they start to move around outside the den, the bristles harden into quills.
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