Copyright © 2017 by Ali Bernie Buga-ay, all rights reserved. Malayan Porcupine: this photograph may not be used without permission.

The Malayan Porcupine is a species of the rodent family which is found in South and Southeast Asia in countries like; Nepal, Northeast India, Bangladesh, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra (Indonesia), Borneo (Indonesia), Sarawak and Brunei (Malaysia), and Penang (Malaysia).

Found in all forests types at 1500 meters altitude, Kaeng Krachan National Park is a perfect habitat in which the food source is abundant and the park is protected from poaching. At the park rangers’ station, at Bangkrang, they show up during the day and night to scavenge for some vegetable scraps from the restaurant. During the night they are more active and it is an attraction for all wildlife photographers, torches and sufficient light source is important to get the right shot.

At Khao Yai National Park, they are also common and when we were camping at the park few years ago, be brought our cat and Frida was just a kitten. I filled Frida’s bowl with cat food at about 7:00 o’ clock in the evening very near our tent and left her to eat her meal while we were cooking few meters away. Few minutes later we heard Frida making a scared cat sound and ran away, when we came to her rescue, we found a porcupine eating her food and it also damaged the bowl. The Malayan Porcupine’s teeth are powerful, including its defence mechanism, the porcupine is one heck of a defensive animal.

Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand
June 30, 2017
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
Fotopro TS-85C | Nitecore UNK1

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