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Sean Zeederberg

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As a young boy growing up on an agricultural farm in Zimbabwe, Sean spent every opportunity entertaining himself outdoors, camping in the local nature reserve and learning about all facets of the natural world. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental ...

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on The Porcupine’s Ingenious Defence

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

I would love to see a porcupine. Interesting blog Sean.

Nicole Bernhardt
Senior Digital Ranger

Thanks for the interesting blog today Sean

Francesca Doria
Explorer

Fantastic little and almost invincible creature! And compliments for the moth it is not easy to detect them

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

Sean, when we left you last July we went to Tswalu Kalahari where there was an abundance of porcupines. Quills were everywhere–very sharp.
Be well. Hope to see you next July.

Sonya Joy
Guest contributor

I was fortunate to see two porcupines on my first night of my first visit to Londolozi a few years ago. When jet lag kept me from sleeping, I sat on the sofa of my Tree Camp room at about 3am, and watched two porcupines wander past my window. I had no idea that it was an unusual thing to see, so when I casually commented to everyone the next morning that porcupines were much larger than I expected, mouths opened in surprise that I’d seen them!

Christa Blessing
Senior Digital Ranger

The different ways of defense nature has developed are really very interesting. I like the way porcupines defend themselves and the video of the lions jumping after they have hurt themselves while trying to get at the porcupine is quite funny. Though the situation itself is a serious one for the poor porcupine, of course.

Kara Taylor
Senior Digital Ranger

Well written Sean. That video was absolutely hilarious! 10 Lions or so and a tiny porcupine is no match for them, that really must’ve been confusing for them.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Sean, wonderful blog – porcupines have large quills🤗

Wendy Hawkins
Senior Digital Ranger

Oh Sean that was just amazing & to think that all those lions gave up on an “easy” meal! 🙂 Me thinks that is where the phrase, “curiosity killed the cat” comes from!! These guys were just not brave enough to face that little morsel 🙂 Thank you. I think our Porcupine is the most beautiful, lots more so than the North American one!! Your other pictures are stunning too, especially the lion with the Pangolin, yay Lion 0 Pangolin 1

Jane Addey
Explorer

Brilliant – That is an amazing video – loved the look of surprise and confusion on the faces of the lions.
I saw a young male leopard try to catch a porcupine several years ago in Zambia.
Same result – no luck and a few spines in the paw. The best bit was that his mother was with him and she just watched – Mum clearly knows best!

Trish Monck
Senior Digital Ranger

Thanks Sean fun story! I’ve seen that leopards like to hunt/eat porcupines, do they have a very good success rate at it?

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Fascinating Sean. I’ve seen one porcupine in Botswana but it was on the drive back to the lodge and just caught sight with the headlights. Definitely elusive!! I’m holding out hope for a pangolin….

Cally Staniland
Explorer

Super interesting Sean, loved the video with the curious lions! I still have quite a few quills I picked up some years ago near Hoedspruit, but have never seen one. Would love to, as well as the illusive Aartvark. 🙏🏻💕

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Hi Sean. We were staying at Mabula some years ago in a large 4 bedroom / 4 bathroom chalet on a hill, and were visited around 9 pm every evening by the same Porcupine. He would come trundling past to have a look for any remains on the ground from our Braai! We looked forward each night and would wait for him – and there he would be! Regular as clockwork. Wendy M

Paul Canales
Senior Digital Ranger

Very informative and a great video example of just how elusive these little guys are to predators!

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Thanks for the wonderful and educational post! We love seeing what the camera trap finds!

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