Protect This! : Brown Hairy Dwarf Porcupine

By | March 30, 2014


For your quick glimpse into the majesty that is the Colombian Ecosystem today, let me present to you to the Brown Hairy Dwarf Porcupine.

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Picture via Juan Villalba-Macías

The Brown Hairy Dwarf Porcupine is one of the species listed as Vulnerable (VU) on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, meaning this cutie is facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.

It lives in the wild in two locations, both western foothills of the eastern Andes, roughly 60 km northwest of Bogotá. As with many porcupines, this one is nocturnal, and eats fruit, shoots, and leaves. As it is arboreal, living in trees, the destruction of the local forest is especially devastating.

Interestingly enough, no specimens of this species were able to be captured for study between 1925 and 2001, leading researchers to believe that it had either left its known range, or died out. Luckily, they were found again in 2001, when a single porcupine was found in a fruit tree of a plantation.

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