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MAMMALS

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MAMMALS PRESENT AT KALAHARI TRAILS AS OF SEPTEMBER 1997

(46 SPECIES)

Insectivora (Hedgehogs-shrews Elephant-shrews)

  • Lesser Red Musk Shrew (Crocidura hirta deserti)
  • Cape hedgehog (Atelerix frontalis)
  • Desert Elephant shrew (Elephatulus intufi)

Chiroptera (Bats)

  • Egyptian free-tailed bat (Tadarida aegyptica)
  • Cape Serotine bat (Epitisecus capensis)
  • Greater (or Egyptian) Slit-nosed bat (Nycteris thebaica)

Pholidonta (Pangolins)

  • Cape Pangolin (Manis temmincki) spoor 2000, sighted June 2004, spoor 12.11.05, spoor 18.7.2007, resight 11.6.2008

Lagomorpha (Hares)

  • Cape Hare (Lepus capensis)
  • Scrub Hare (Lepus saxatilis)

Rodentia (Rodents)

  • Damara Molerat (Cryptomys damarensis)
  • Porcupine (Hystrix africaeaustralis)
  • Springhare (Pedetes capensis)
  • Ground squirrel (Xerus inaurus)
  • Brant’s Whistling rat (Parotomys brantsii)
  • Tree rat (Thallomys paedulcus)
  • Striped mouse (Rhabdomys pumilio)
  • Desert pygmy Mouse (Mus indutus)
  • Grey climbing mouse (Dendromus melanotis)
  • Bushveldt Gerbil (Tatera leucogaster)
  • Pygmy or Hairy-footed gerbil (Gerbillurus paeba)
  • Short-tailed gerbil (Desmodillus auricularis)
  • Highveldt gerbil (Tatera brantsii)
  • Red veld rat (Aethomys chrysophilus)

Hyaenidae (Hyenas)

  • Aardwolf (Proteles cristata)
  • Dec. 2000, confirmed March & April 2003, regularly afterwards, resight 29.6.13
  • Brown Hyena (Hyaena brunnea) From Nov. 2003- Jan 2004
  • Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta) 24.5.2011

Felidae (Cats)

  • African Wildcat (Felis lybica)
  • Caracal (Felis caracal)
  • Black-footed or Small spotted cat (Felis nigripes) 1st sighting Nov. 2002, confirmed 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2014

Canidae (Dogs)

  • Bat-eared fox (Otocyon megalotis)
  • Black-backed Jackal (Canis mesomelas)
  • Cape fox (Vulpes chacma)

Mustelidae (Polecats and Weasels)

  • Striped polecat (Ictonyx striatus)
  • Honey badger (Ratel) (Mellivora capensis) 1st sighting Oct. 2002, confirmed Jan.- July 2004, spoor resight 9.5.2011, 1.17.2014, 3.2014

Viverridae (Genets and mongooses)

  • Small-spotted genet (Genetta genetta)
  • Suricate (Suricata suricatta)
  • Yellow mongoose (Cynictis penicillata)
  • Slender mongoose (Galerella sanguineus) – red form

Tubulidentata (Aardvark)

  • Aardvark (Antbear) (Orycteropus afer)

Hyracoidea (Hyrax)

  • Rock hyrax (Procavia capensis)

Artiodactyla: Bovidea (Antelopes)

  • Red Hartebeest (Alcephalus busephalus caama)
  • Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis)
  • Gemsbok (Oryx gazella)
  • Grey duiker (Sylvicapra grimmia)
  • Steenbok (Raphicercus campestris)
  • Blue Wildebeest (Gnu) (Connochaetus taurinus)

Primates

  • Vervet Monkey (Circopithecus pygerythrus) as of Jan. 2013

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