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The Hedgehog of Timbavati Wildlife Park

By Chris Taylor Monday, October 1, 2018

Greetings friends and welcome to this week’s blog post. Bit frosty around here this weekend and that reminds me that right now is a great time to walk around the park and see what’s going on around here. Like our little hedgehog friend here. Yep you guessed it, it’s time to lace your chucks up and go collect some rings. I’m kidding but a hedgehog will ball up on you if frightened or even sleeping.

 

Hedgehogs can be found in Europe, Asia, Africa and they were introduced to New Zealand. The hedgehog or hedgie as it is sometimes referred to is known as the gardener’s friend because they eat grubs in the garden. The quills on a hedgehog will hurt if you get poked with them but unlike a porcupine there are no barbs on them.

 

Hedgehogs Roll Solo

 

Hedgehogs are pretty solitary. They will pair up, mate and they separate. The males don’t stay around after mating and the female raises the young alone. The gestation period is 35 to 58 days. A baby hedgehog is called a hoglet.

 

We have many more hedgehog tidbits in this week’s video. Some of the coolest parts about the Interaction Area in Timbavati Wildlife Park are our animal nurseries. There are always new young animals moving in and out. Due to the cycles of nature and growth rates, the animals in the nursery are subject to change. Thanks and we will see you in the park.

 

 

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