Mammal Watching Forum

second-hand report of Western Spotted Skunk

Santa Cruz Island is one of the Channel Islands reached by boat from Ventura, famous for the endemic fox and jay. Often one gets common dolphin on the crossing. In the 1990s, spotted skunks were common (??) due to reduced fox populations; the foxes have recovered and skunks stay in far canyons. Or they usually do? On the bird forum, […]

New Trip Report: South Australia

Here’s a new report from Warren Gilson. Kangaroo Island, Victor Habour and Tlowie Gorge, 2022: Warren Gilson, 1 week & 10 species including Tammar Wallaby and Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby. Jon

Advertising: Solenodons inthe Dominican Republic in late February 2023 with Royle Safaris

Royle Safaris have 2 spots left on a trip to the Dominican Republic in search of the fabulous Hispaniolan Solendon plus Hutias and even some non-mammalian wildlife. The dates are February 24-28 2023. Full details are here. Jon

Podcast Season 2 Episode 2: Robert Shumaker

In the latest podcast episode Charles and I have a fascinating chat with Dr Robert Shumaker, the President and CEO of the Indianapolis Zoo. Rob is a renowned expert on primate cognition (i.e. primate behaviour and intelligence),  a widely published scientist, and a leader in the zoo world. We hear about his fascinating research on Great Ape cognition and the […]

New Trip Report: Ecuador

A new trip report from Romain Bocquier. Ecuador & the Galapagos, 2022: Romain Bocquier, 3 weeks & 28 species including Western Mountain Coati, Lucifer Titi and Galapagos Fur Seal. Jon

Paraguay Trip Report – Tomer Ben-Yehuda, Jul 2022

Hi everyone, Sorry about the delay…. I hope everyone enjoys reading the report. I tried to be as informative as I could, and there’s also a fun little announcement in the intro 😉 Trip Report – Paraguay Jul22 Tomer  Cheers, Tomer

Dorsal Fins…

Have you ever wondered what “more falcate” meant when reading a description of a cetacean? I sure have. Found a site with a detailed explanation (though directed to Blackfish) Almost a post graduate course but not too hard to figure out, really. I’ve always found ratios of body lengths useful field marks, like bill/head length to tell Lesser and […]

Spotting golden lion tamarins for free near one of Brazil’s most popular beach resorts

Hi all, I recently learned of and visited this free alternative to Pocos das Antas reserve, Parque Municipal do Mico Leao Dourado, which has its own population of golden lion tamarins. As information on the web about this place is incredibly limited, I wrote this blog post with info on how to visit as well as how to get there […]

Taxonomy news

This will likely be the last taxonomy update for a while. My teaching load has just been doubled and I’ll be catastrophically busy until at least April. 1. A new genus and species of shrew-like mouse, Baletemys kampalili, described from E Mindanao. 2. A new squirrel Tamiops minshanica described from Wanglang National Natural Reserve in N Sichuan. It’s unclear how […]

Advertising: Western Sahara with Royle Safaris 26 March – 2 April 2023

Royle Safaris are organising a week in the Western Sahara from March 26 to April 2 next year.The trip means chances for rare mammals including Sand Cat, Fennec Fox, and Saharan Striped Polecat. It includes private Jeep safaris throughout the trip – with expert local safari guides and long nights spotlighting for elusive and rare nocturnal mammals. Full details are […]

Looking for travellers to see the black panther

We are a group of 4 friends, (it would not be a commercial trip ), that from January 26th to February 3rd we are going to India to try to see the black panther with a specialised guide. It would be good for us to find one or two more travellers. Alberto Fernández Horcajo

Mammalwatching Meeting: Online participation

Hello Mammalwatchers Time is flying and soon some of us will be meeting in Spain at the 1st Mammalwatching meeting, discussing how mammalwatching can contribute to conservation and help protect the species we love so much. We are excited to announce that online participation should be possible! The online part is on Sunday, 2. Oct, starting from 12:30-15:00 (GMT +02:00, […]

New Trip Report: Uganda

Here is another report from Wise Birding who seem to be closing in on a Golden Cat in Uganda. Uganda, 2022: Wise Birding, 12 days &  species including Alexander’s Cusimanse, Lord Derby’s Flying Squirrel and Black Fronted Duiker. Plus trail camera images of a Golden Cat.

Five weeks and 19 species

Back last February I asked for some advice about possible mammal watching sites in California for a few days I thought I would have available in August. In particular I was interested in racoons, skunks and opossums as they represented Families I had never seen in the wild. Several people were kind enough to respond, and I would like to […]

New Trip Report: SE Brazil Primatewatching

A new report from Alex Schouten and Jeannette den Hertog. SE Brazil, 2022: Alex Schouten and Jeannette den Hertog’s notes on where to see 8 primate species including Golden Lion Tamarin, Robust Capuchin, Buffy-headed Marmoset and Southern Muriqui. Jon

New Trip Reports: Uganda & Burundi; Malawi & Mozambique; and Zimbabwe

Three new reports from Pictus Safaris. Uganda & Burundi, 2022: Pictus Safaris , 14 days & 38 species including Bunyoro Rabbit and Patas Monkey. Malawi & Mozambique, 2022: Pictus Safaris, 2 weeks & 46 species including Meller’s Mongoose, Mozambique Dwarf Galago and Dugong. Mana Pools, 2022: Pictus Safaris, 1 week & 19 species including Lions and Elephants.

New Trip Report: Kenya

A new report from Matt and Maureen Steer. Kenya, 2022: Matt & Maureen Steer, 2 weeks & 75 species including Golden-rumped Giant Sengi, Black & Red Giant Sengi, Maned Rat, Naked Mole Rat and Bushy-tailed Mongoose.

RFI: Western US mid-October

I find myself with a week off mid-October. I am trying to get my gf some days off so we can go somewhere. I’ve seen many of the eastern species so I am thinking going west makes more sense. We have a trip planned to Alaska next year so probably lower 48 US is good, nothing international (I lost my […]

Cayman Islands trip report

Nobody would go to Cayman Islands just for mammalwatching, but in case you have to check on your offshore account or, like me, spend a family vacation, here is a trip report: August 27-September 3, 7 species including a possible undescribed Eptesicus and other bats.

Ladakh July 2022

Hello All Here is a trip report from a visit to Ladakh in July this year. Many thanks to Vivek Menon, Stuart Chapman and Manuel Ruedi for help/pointers with Pika ids. List of Mammals Seen Ladakh Pika Ochotona ladacensis Large-eared Pika Ochotona macrotis Nubra Pika? Ochotona nubrica Woolly Hare Lepus oiostolus pallipes Cape Hare Lepus capensis tibetanus Stolickza’s Mountain Vole? […]

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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 3 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 2 years ago


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



  9. Manuel Ruedi 2 years 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 1 year 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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