Tarangire Big Mammal Day
Here is a report that I’ve been meaning to post for some time about a Big Mammal Day that I carried out with my wife and some friends in the Tarangire ecosystem last year. It strikes me that now is a good time for people to try Big Mammal Days in their country or state. International travel is greatly restricted meaning we’re all staying close to home, and Big Mammal Days rely on good local knowledge, so are best carried out in areas you know well.
If you do give it a shot let us know how you get along.
Wow, that’s an amazing result! I’m particularly impressed by the number of small mammals you recorded, and the many regionally rare (or at least rarely seen) species e.g. Aardvark, Zorilla, Greater Kudu, etc.
I haven’t tried a California Big Day this year, but a friend and I talked about it after a very successful night in the San Diego County desert in June. We found a remarkable 25 species of mammal from 9PM-6AM, thanks to a rodent population explosion and good luck finding bat roosts (found and photo’d 7 sp. without a detector).
If we wanted to go for a big day, we thought we could’ve added at least 3 more bats + Brush Rabbit + 3 sciurids + Botta’s Pocket Gopher + CA vole + Dulzura and Desert k-rats + Brush Mouse + Bottlenose Dolphin + Coyote (heard only) + 2 pinnipeds relatively easily, making an impressive 41 species. A whale watch would probably net at least 2 more cetaceans.
Obviously the only way to do a perfect big day in California would be to charter a small plane. You can easily scoop all common marine animals in one hour of flying over Monterey Bay, for example.
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