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Patrick Grealy

Ranger

Patrick was born and raised in Johannesburg and from a young age dreamt about living in the bush. He grew up going on family holidays to Madikwe in the North West where his passion grew. After high school Patrick went to the Eastern ...

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on Hive of activity around a giraffe carcass!

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Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Life and death are intertwined in life, in nature whether we like it or not.

Paul Canales
Digital Tracker

Great post Patrick, my senses were keen and alive just reading and looking at the pictures! I also love how you concluded the blog with the circle of life in the bush. Well done!

Chelsea Allard
Digital Tracker

At least nothing goes to waste in nature. We can’t say the same about civilization.

William Paynter
Senior Digital Ranger

Great pictures Patrick. As messy as death in the natural world is, it sustains life in the ongoing cycle.

Valmai Vorster
Digital Tracker

Hi Patrick, it is sad that such a beautiful animal had died in the way that Bennett suspected the giraffe had died. But the circle of life carries on and many hyenas and a lion, vultures were feed. That is nature and it us often heartbreaking to see, but must happen.

Vin Beni
Guest contributor

That was an amazing sequence of predators!

Leonie De Young
Digital Tracker

A nice blog Patrick. Sad about the giraffe, however, as you said, it’s unfortunate demise meant that many others got to have a good meal. Yes, the circle of life. Thanks for sharing with us.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

It was good to read this post Patrick and see how this giraffe death enabled mammals and birds alike to continue their survival in the bush. As heartbreaking it is to witness the desecration of such a beautiful animal as the giraffe, it highlights the always present circle of life. Nothing and no one lives forever….

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

What a spectacle to see Patrick ! That one giraffe gave the essentials of life to +-25 hyena, 50 odd vultures and a lion not to mention the little critters…and perhaps the winning giraffe, being the stronger of the two, will bring new life to his herd. The law of nature always gives something back. Fabulous photos thank you 🙏🏻❤️

Mike Dominici
Explorer

Great sighting. Im surprised all of the commotion and huge pile of meat did not attract a lot of lions.

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