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Western sahara

My 6 day trip to Western sahara. I flew on the 20th October 2021. A straightforward flight, from Gatwick, via casablanca to dakhla. The only issue being landing in casablanca to find that our flight home had even cancelled due to covid rules being suddenly changed by the Moroccan government. Not exactly ideal. Post covid, dakhlas windsurfing Community is alive […]

Taxonomy news

1. True’s beaked whales from the Southern Hemisphere split as a new species, Mesoplodon eueu. 2. When pygmy marmosets got split, it was unclear which of the two species should keep the old name because it was unknown which one was represented by the original holotype. Now we know that the northern species should be called Cebuella pygmaea and the […]

A Hypothetical Question – Just for Fun

Hi Everyone! I’ve been entertaining this question in my own head, and was wondering what everyone else thinks: So back when I started mammal watching (2007ish), seeing a list of 20-30 mammals anywhere was spectacular, and 50 was almost unimaginable. But obviously, with today’s knowledge, increasing accessibility to ecosystems at night (in most countries), improving guiding services and of course […]

Walrus in the Netherlands

A few weeks ago a Walrus entered the Netherlands on the island: “Schiermonnikoog”, went further to Terschelling” and “Harlingen” after a few days. That’s were it caught my attention, i was hoping to get the possibility to go when i was free from work. Everytime i got a day off from work the walrus wasn’t seen for a couple of […]

New Trip Report: European Mink Special, Romania

Here’s another excellent Romania report from Sakertours. European Mink Special, 2021: Sakertours, 5 days & 30+ species including Romanian Hamster, European Mink and Greater Noctules. Jon

Taxonomy news

Everything from the Neotropics today. 1. A cool open-access paper describing a new species Histiotus mochica from the coastal desert of northern Peru. Although currently known from just two specimens, it is apparently portrayed in ancient Moche art so probably isn’t that rare. I saw one in Cerros de Amotape NP back in 1995 and never could ID since there […]

Alan Root’s film: A space in the heart of Africa

I saw that Konstantin Yordanov had posted a link on Facebook to Alan Root’s epic film about the wildlife of the Congo, so decided to share it here. I’ve been wanting to see this film for a long time, as it has great footage of lots of rare Congolese species including the Okapi, Aquatic genet, Giant otter shrew and the […]

Podcast Episode 12: Russ Mittermeier

Listen on Apple PodcastsListen on SpotifyListen on Stithr The new episode of the mammalwatching podcast has Charles Foley and me interviewing Russ Mittermeier world famous author, mammalogist, conservationist and primate watcher. Russ takes us on a trip from a Tarzan-loving kid, watching monkeys at the Bronx Zoo to a Tarzan-loving scientist, discovering new species of primates in the jungles of the […]

a new way to mount a pocket torch on a camera

When spotting animals at night it can be hard to hold the flashlight and hold the camera at the same time. Yapok catcher and PhD candidate Jose Gabriel Martinez Fonseca has an idea for a new way to mount a small torch parallel to a camera lens. The link to the instructions (which includes a sample sequence of Arizona shots) […]

Trip report Sweden

After having looked for mammals in Central and Southeast Europe I urgently needed a diversion … and went mammal watching in the north. 😉 Here is my report:

New Trip Report: Paraguay

Here’s Cheryl Antonucci’s latest report. She saw annoyingly many mammals (i.e she saw more than I did). Paraguay, 2021: Cheryl Antonuccci, 10 days and 31 species including Conover’s Tuco-tuco, Greater & Lesser Hairy Armadillos, Lesser Grison, Jaguarundi and Geoffroy’s Cat. jon

Indianapolis Prize Emerging Conservationist Award

I thought it best to have a separate post hightlighting the Indianapolis Prize Emerging Conservation Award, so it would be easier for people to search for on the website. All details can be found here. The Award will be given every two years and comes with a $50,000 prize to be used for their conservation work. Applications can be submitted […]

Out Now: Episode 11 of the Mammalwatching Podcast – Lisa Dabek

In the latest podcast episode, Jon Hall and I interview Dr. Lisa Dabek about her incredible 25 year study of the Matschie’s tree-kangaroo in the Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea. She describes the difficulties of finding tree-kangaroos and how they’ve worked with the local communities to set up highly successful hunting free zones, where mammal populations are flourishing. Jon and […]

Uganda, 2021

For many years Uganda had been fairly high on my list of places to visit, but never quite high enough for me to start thinking seriously about a trip. I’d heard only good things about the Pearl of Africa, but didn’t think I would see many new mammals there. My thinking changed in early 2021 when Tomer Ben-Yehuda and Alex […]

The best of mammalwatching

A new paper in African Journal of Ecology. Sounds like an unparalleled mammalwatching experience.

Looking for Carpathian Chamois in Romania

János Oláh has just submitted a great report on watching mammals in Romania (2021-09). Take this as a supplement to find out how to get close to Rupicapra rupicapra carpatica, the biggest subspecies of the Alpine Chamois.

Recommendation on a Trail Camera

Hi there, I’m planning to get a trail camera to put in my backyard. There has been a fox visiting for a while and the kids want to see it. We are also curious what else comes by at night. There are quite a few choices in the $100 range on Amazon. Very hard to pick… I wonder if anyone […]

Are Przewalski’s horses truly a wild species?

Are Przewalski’s Horses truly a wild species, or just an escaped ancient breed? Here a recent research that (maybe) demonstrates the second hypothesis. Like Mouflon sheep in Mediterranean region, P Horses in Central Asia seem to descend from a domesticated stock, and there are no more truly wild horses left.   The abstract:

Information required about Italy, Greece and North Macedonia

Hi mammal watchers, I wonder if anyone has information about places good for mammal watching i southern Italy (Naples and south), northern Greece ( Thessaloniki and Lake Kerkini area) and North Macedonia? I have not find many trip reports on these areas online. We will be there between 9 – 23 October and in Italy especially looking for Calabrian Black […]

Trip Report Hungary

After Austria  and Slowakia here comes my third mammal watching trip report concerning my travels to Eastern Europe in 2021: Hungary

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  2. […] so there are many resources to help you plan your trip: visit birding web sites and the Mammal Watching blog for help. You can even book organized birding tours with expert […]

  3. […] is certainly growing – in no small part due to Jon Hall. He runs a Mammal Watching web site and blog filled with trip reports, new sightings and […]

  4. […] Where to See: Marbled polecats are widely distributed from eastern Europe to western China, but seem most common in the steppe and aridlands of Central Asia. But they’re not easy to find. Mammal watching master Jon Hall spotted one in Mongolia, and other enthusiasts occasionally report sightings on the Mammal Watching forum. […]

  5. […] Where to See: Marbled polecats are widely distributed from eastern Europe to western China, but seem most common in the steppe and aridlands of Central Asia. But they’re not easy to find. Mammal watching master Jon Hall spotted one in Mongolia, and other enthusiasts occasionally report sightings on the Mammal Watching forum. […]

  6. PARAIRE Philippe 2 years ago

    Hello blog,
    I wish to organize a 10-day stay in Nepal in mid-February 2020 with my family (including two of my boys aged 12 and 14). I would like to visit the Chitwan National Park first and then move towards either the Bardia Park or a trek in the Langtang Valley.
    So I have several questions: on Chitwan, do you know a good guide or good lodge to organize a stay of 3/4 days accés mainly on the mammals watching?
    On Langtang, I would like to organize a trek to try to see the red panda and the Himalayan Thar. Do you know an agency or specialized guide in Nepal to offer a trek of 3 days in this zone?
    Do you know if the Red Panda is visible in the Langtang area?
    The trip will be organized around mid-February and I do not know if the valley is passable at this time?
    If this is not the case, I will move towards a 3-day stay in Bardia Park. Here again, do you know a guide or a lodge that specializes in mammals?
    I’m a little afraid that Chitwan and Bardia are quite similar in wildlife. For that I will first of all go towards the possibility of Langtang.
    I am interested in any information.
    Thank you in advance.
    Best regards.
    Philippe Paraire

  7. […] is certainly growing – in no small part due to Jon Hall. He runs a Mammal Watching web site and blog filled with trip reports, new sightings and […]

  8. etraveller 1 year ago


    New trip report for Southern Israel – Negev desert (5 days)



  9. Manuel Ruedi 9 months ago

    Dear Mammal watchers. While doing research in NW India, Himachal Pradesh (near Solan), we came across a small, greyish mouse with an elongated face. We collected it hoping to be able to ID it, but unfortunately it proved to be an immature animal so measurements were not convincing. We barcoded this mystery rodent, but no match exist in public genetic repositories…
    I recently posted on iNaturalist pictures of that mystery mouse (, but received no suggestion.
    Would you have an idea ? I am really bad with rodent ID…

  10. Duke S. Rogers 7 months ago

    Dear Jon,

    Great website! My friend Bob Dowler told me about it. I just wanted to point out an error in the species list for Mexico. In it you have an image of “Peromyscus chrysopsis”. There is a harvest mouse species (Reithrodontomys chrysopsis), so perhaps that is what you caught?

    Keep up your good work of promoting mammal conservation!

    Take care,


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