Porcupine Conservation and Rehabilitation
Porcupines need your help and our help to survive. Sometimes they need rescue, veterinary care, rehabilitation, release back into the wild, a sanctuary. Sometimes they need rescuing from the illegal pet trade, cruelty or neglect.
They need specialised care and a special diet.
If you have aporcupine that needs our help, don't hesitate to get in touch. All animals matter and we are here and happy to help.
Don't break the law
NO INDIGENOUS WILD ANIMALS MAY BE TRANSPORTED, POSSESSED, IMPORTED OR EXPORTED WITHOUT A PERMIT.
It is illegal to keep an indigenous porcupine without a permit. They can be considerably dangerous if raised incorrectly.
If you see someone keeping an indigenous bporcupine as a pet and they want to surrender it, get in touch.
If you see someone keeping a porcupine as a pet and they will not surrender it, contact your local SPCA who can legally confiscate the bushbaby and place it in the right care.
PORCUPINE as a Pet?
Released porcupines captured on the night cam; we put the camera traps for monitoring a research purposes.
One of C.A.R.E.'s porcupine raise, rehabilitate and release success stories; rehabilitated and released.
Porcupines are inappropriate to keep as pets and can be considerably dangerous when they are adults; large mammals with bery hard and sharp quills.
They are also only active at night and need a very specialised diet.
When transported outside of their natural range and climate, many porcupines die. This is partly because they are adapted to a specific climate and landscape, but also because each species has a very specific diet, which they typically do not receive when they are kept as pets, by inexperienced keepers.
Furthermore the incorrect diet will result in mal-formed bones, kidney and liver damage, obesity and pscychological impairments.
New owners often grow tired quickly; and owners often get bored of them sleeping during the day. When the novelty wears off the animals are often dumped in the nearest veld. Where they often do not survive as they do not know the landscape; dehydration and starvation.
It is AGAINST THE LAW TO KEEP INDIGENOUS WILD ANIMALS AS PETS AND UNETHICAL.
If you see someone with an indigenous wild animals as a pet, get in touch. Or call your local SPCA.
PORCUPINES IN NEED
When deciding whether or not to rescue; a general guideline especially concerning porcupines: watch and wait long enough to ensure that they were actually abandoned. If you are sure, then carefully pop them into a quiet, dark box and research until you find a facility which would rehabilitate them correctly. You may choose to spend a while asking, in detail, what the rehabilitation process would entail until you are satisfied that the animal will be well cared for! Don’t be afraid to ask for progress updates!
Be vigilant of wildlife and slow down for wildlife.
Contact us if you see tortoises being illegally kept in captivity.
Save them from veld fires, the road, domestic animals, pet owners.... do not keep them as pets.
Keep the wild, in the wild.