The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Cape Porcupine

Afrikaans name: Ystervark

Cape Porcupine

Cape Porcupine

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Hystrix africaeaustralis

Interesting facts about Cape Porcupines

The Cape Porcupine can weigh up to 30 kg and grow to a length of 60 cm. They are the largest rodents found in South Africa.

Male and female have a similar appearance but females are slightly larger. Each family group has a territory and more than one generation of youngsters may be found with the adults.

Porcupines feed off bulbs and tubers which they dig up with their strong claws. They will also eat fallen fruit.

They normally give birth to a single offspring but it may number 4 on rare occasions.

The Cape Porcupine is mainly active at night although they may occasionally be seen during the day.

Their long quills are used to defend themselves against predators.

References and further reading

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 200

Wildlife of the Cape Peninsula - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2001 - Page: 24

Wild Ways - 2nd Edition - Author: Peter Apps - Published: 2000 - Page: 51

Wild Issue 42 - Author: - Published: 2018 - Page: 44

Tracks and Tracking in Southern Africa - Author: Louis Liebenberg - Published: 2000 - Page: 44

The Sandton Field Guide - Author: Sandton Nature Conservation Society - Published: 1982 - Page: 34

The Mammal Guide of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Burger Cillie - Published: 2011 - Page: 182

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 321

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 77

South African Animals in the Wild - Author: Anthony Bannister - Published: 1985 - Page: 102

Signs of the Wild - 3rd Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Published: 1986 - Page: 41

Signs of the Wild - 5th Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Published: 1996 - Page: 44

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southe - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Published: 1991 - Page: 419

Questions and Answers - Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Deirdre Richards - Published: 1990 - Page: 8

Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Burger Cillie - Published: 1987 - Page: 167

Mammals of the Kruger and other National Parks - Author: The National Parks Board - Published: 1980 - Page: 152

Kruger National Park Questions and Answers - Author: P.F. Fourie - Published: 1987 - Page: 321

Land Mammals of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Reay HN Smithers - Published: 1986 - Page: 59

Game Ranger in your Backpack - Author: Megan Emmett and Sean Pattrick - Published: 2013 - Page: 121

Field Guide to the Mammals of the Kruger National Park - Author: U. de V. Pienaar et al. - Published: 1987 - Page: 146

First Field Guide to Animal Tracks of Southern Africa - Author: Louis Liebenberg - Published: 2003 - Page: 18

Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 2001 - Page: 96

Field Guide to the Larger Mammals of Africa - 1st Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1997 - Page: 300

Chris and Tilde Stuarts Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 1st Edit - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1988 - Page: 96

Field Guide to the Cradle of Humankind - Author: B. Hilton-Barber & Prof. L. R. Berger - Published: 2004 - Page: 173

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Published: 1987 - Page: 48

African Wildlife - A photographic safari - Author: Nigel and Wendy Dennis - Published: 1999 - Page: 81

A Field Guide to the Tracks & Signs of Southern and East African Wildlife - 3rd - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 2000 - Page: 38


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