These little animals are very significant and important in our eco-system. Rocky and hilly areas are there preference but as they are very adaptable, they will go for almost any area and climate, with the exception of very dry or desert-like areas. The porcupine is a herbivore meaning they mostly eat leaves, roots and scrubs.

What makes them so unique and sought after are their black and white coloured quills.  It is seen as a ” good luck charm” and are commonly used as ornaments and additions to lamp shades excetra.

They face many challenges where humans are the main threat to there existence.  Agricultural farms are the most common areas where porcupines are seen as pests and farmers try to manage their population as respectfully as possible.  Solutions to rectify this problem has been administrated and the African Wildlife Foundation is of opinion that sufficient education on sustainable growth is one of the ways to handle this matter.  One of the solutions according to AWF is to engage local communities to set aside suitable land so that wildlife are able to live there unhindered, but doing that is more easier said than done.

Apart from agricultural farmers normal farmers has a pest problem with porcupines as well, seeing that normal black plastic water pipes used commonly on farms to provide water from dams to water troths are often eaten by porcupine, especially in very dry to drought conditions because the plastic pipes contains a protein that is used in the manufacturing and is a good source of preservation for these animals.

Conservation tourism projects such as Koija Starbeds are a good example of such initiative to educate humans on this matter.

Do your bit today and educate those around you regarding porcupines, though they are sometimes  seen as pests, they do have a ecological purpose and that must be nurtured so that co existence can take place.

www.awf.org

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