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Patrick Grealy


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 The Nocturnal Series III – Porcupine

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Great photos and article, Patrick.
It’s really rare and difficult to see porcupines though not impossible. So I have added them to my list of animals I would like to see.

While we haven’t yet encountered a porcupine we did run into a pride of lions lazing in the shade. Two of them had porcupine quills lodged in their faces. Oy!

Hi Patrick, so glad you have mentioned the porcupine. It is a rare looking rodent and with it’s quills it is even more special. We have porcupines here on the reserve as well and I have seen them come right up to our veranda in search of food. We put food out for them and also for the antelope and bush babies. I have seen a huge porcupine and then one a little bit smaller. Could be male and female. They are very shy animals and as soon as they have eaten they run off so quickly. I have picked up a few quills that have fallen off and keep them as a sorvenioer.

Patrick, I remember seeing the video from the past of the porcupines fending of the lions. They are really unique creatures and I am sure a pleasure to have at Londolozi.

Thank you Patrick for adding the elusive porcupine to your nocturnal series. They really are a fascinating animal, well equipped to deal with the predators of the evening. It’s almost comical to watch lions recoil when in the presence of a porcupine that’s annoyed by their presence, flashing their quills in their faces. Looking forward to your next report.

Cool information and images Patrick! Thank you!

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fascinating discussion. I didn’t know quills were derived from hairs. I thought they were like fingernails.

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