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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 Part IV – Genets

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They are such great animals to watch. Thank you for this.

Patrick, thank you for introducing me to genets. I had seen them before but did not know their habits.

Had to google Viverridae! ha! So interesting…never heard of 🙂 cute little guys!

Patrick these genes are very special, not everyone can say they have seen one. Their markings on their fur is beautiful and the long black line down the spine makes it even more beautiful. So agile and with such big eyes, I am sure they catch lots of rodents and insects.

Thanks for this blog on genets. I haven’t seen any for some time. Last time I saw one was in Tree Camp’s lounge a couple of years ago. I would love to watch one of these beautiful animals again.

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Great post! Thank you for the beautiful photos and wonderful information about these adorable creatures.

Pat, it was interesting to read your article on the genet, an amazing little predator. Spotting one during a drive is not an easy task. I had more success in Founders Camp, during pre-drive coffee when one was spotted on the ceiling soffit, running around the perimeter, stopping now and then the check is out. Perhaps during my next I’ll manage to see one in the bush, not inside the lobby!

Thanks for the Series. Please keep the it going. If you’re able. Seeing hushbabies in the trees above Tree Camp on our last night was an unforgettable sight. As were the chameleons in the bushes on the way to Tree 5 and 6.

Very odd animals, beautiful in their own way.

They look half way between a Cat and a Weasel.

Hi, nice animals, they are present in Southern Europe as well and thriving

Unfortunate daytime dighting of a genet yesterday. A loprd spotted it and literally leapt through the air to catch it.

Patrick, Thanks for your whole series on the nocturnal animals – well done and we learned a lot! Our first sighting of a Genet was last week on a game drive with Nick and Joy (and the Beni’s) when the leopard chased one up a tree and caught it in mid-air! Unbelievable!

Thanks for that, the last photo is superb

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