South Africa’s Mammals
I’m a mammalwatcher from South Africa and I’ve seen most of the common mammals in South Africa but there’s a few species I’m struggling to find info on. I hope someone can help!
Can anyone provide spots for the following species:
Cape Clawless Otter
Southern Tree Hyrax
Large-spotted Genet (Genetta tigrina)
Rusty-spotted Genet (Genetta maculata)
Smith’s, Hewitt’s, Natal and Jameson’s Red Rock Rabbits
African Savanna Hare
Can anyone provide tips on how to distinguish between Cape Hare and Scrub Hare?
I’d agree with Nicholas on Marievale for the Spotted-necked Otter as one of the more reliable spots in SA.
Agulhas Plain for Cape Grysbok.
Phinda for Suni and Bushpig (they see polecat as well, but this species is a lottery really).
Soutpansberg or the Pafuri area for Yellow-spotted Rock Hyrax.
– for the Agulhas Plain … basically the area between Bredasdorp and Struisbaai … keep an eye out for grysbok along the road edge.
– in the Soutpansberg I used to see the hyrax on rocky outcrops along the Bluegumspoort and Witvlag roads. If you are up there I’d suggest heading into Kruger along Nyala Drive in the Thulamela area south of the Luvuvhu River.
Re Cape and Scrub hares, I have recently had the opportunity to assist a student with this problem from camera trap images. I was amazed at how clear the differences are from these images. It is not always that clear in the field often at night with them giving you the ahv as they race off. Anyway the main differnces from the area that these species where photographed from, Anysberg Nature Reserve and Little Karoo, was that the Cape was generally more “rufous” particularly flanks and front legs than the scrub where the grey is more dominant. The Cape also has more slender front legs plus a few different gizz which is noteasy to expalin.
I would be happy to have a go at an id of any images that you may have or get in the future. A side view is best….
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Marievale Bird Sanctuary for Spotted-necked Otter (I observed a group of 6 for 1 hour late April at the Duiker hide)
De Hoop for Cape Clawless Otter (saw on 2 occasions in late April too, from the cliff over the Vlei, 500m south of the boat house)
The Aberdeen Plain NW of Port Elizabeth for Cape Grysbok (4 indiv seen during a 1h30 night drive along the dust roads west and south of the R75, Glenconnor). Also spotted a non-id genet and a cape fox.