Hedgehogs in the desert ... really?

 Taken by Bedouin Directions

Taken by Bedouin Directions

Desert Hedgehogs Rock...

Who can resist the charms of hedgehogs? Well not even Bedouin people it seems. We like them very much. Although mostly because they eat scorpions and snakes, rather than for sentimental reasons. Hedgehogs are surprisingly hardy and do very well in the desert of Wadi Rum.

They can often be seen visiting the camp by night looking for some discarded chicken bones to munch on, or for some water in the bathroom. They may even attempt to enter your tent if you have some chocolate or other goodies in your luggage. Don't worry they are not dangerous visitors : D. They can be seen all year around however, they are most active in the summer months. They will hole up in the mountains during the coldest weather and sleep. 

Look out for their telltale tracks in the sand. Four little prints usually following the same route multiple times, keeping close to the walls or mountain sides as much as possible.

They are easy to catch to get a closer look, but there is a special technique to pick them up without being spiked. If you spot one ask your guide and he can catch it for you.

Of course we always release them again quickly so they can be safely on their way.