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Mongoose, White tailed

Unread postby christo » Sun Aug 13, 2006 9:28 pm

I very seldom hear anybody mention anything about this little fellows.

I only had 2 sightings of them, one on the Talamati dirtroad and the second a group of 5 wandering around in Satara at night.

Any sightings recently?
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Unread postby Jose » Sun Aug 13, 2006 9:38 pm

No personal sightings for me recently but one (of your group of 5?) made an appearance on the Satara webcam recently. Pic posted here.

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Unread postby madach » Sun Aug 13, 2006 9:45 pm

I saw one on the Lower Sabie night drive last May.

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Unread postby restio » Sun Aug 13, 2006 11:55 pm

I've seen them often at night around the Orpen area (in land adjoining KNP, and managed as part of it). So I would expect them to be common at night around Orpen as well. I've never seen them in the daytime - they seem quite strongly nocturnal.

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Unread postby Cees » Mon Aug 14, 2006 12:00 am

I have two pictures, from a couple of years ago I believe, editSo not a recent sighting. But it is of a dead one on the H3 between S110 and S120. Probable a roadkill, very sad :cry:
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Aug 14, 2006 8:19 am

madach wrote:I saw one on the Lower Sabie night drive last May.

I too saw one on a Lower Sabie sunset drive last may. Madach? :lol:
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Unread postby Elsa » Mon Aug 14, 2006 9:51 am

Jose wrote:No personal sightings for me recently but one (of your group of 5?) made an appearance on the Satara webcam recently. Pic posted

That was a great pic of the W/T Mongoose, on the webcam.
Thanks for posting Jose. :D
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Unread postby cptphotographer » Tue Sep 26, 2006 1:52 pm

We saw one in February/March 2004. VERY early one morning on the tarr road close to Satara on our way to Orpen.

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Unread postby Eric-Carol » Tue Sep 26, 2006 2:44 pm

We saw one recently on a night drive at the intersection of the H4-2 and the S130. This was on the 15 August 2006. The guide informed us that she sees white tailed mongoose at this spot regularly.


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Unread postby Richprins » Thu Jan 25, 2007 8:41 pm

This is our biggest mongoose, if not in the world!

I have only seen one as roadkill outside Orpen Gate. However, the funny thing is that they are very common in Nelspruit, a city 60km from Kruger as the crow flies!

They are strictly nocturnal but venture out promptly after sunset and are extraordinally accustomed to humans, living in storm-water drains and appearing to rely on their omnivorous diet to survive and breed quite happily.

Some are really big - Alsatian dog size, and can give one quite a shock. (Example, having just finished marking a school athletics track and seeing two come to inspect your work under the floodlights!)

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Unread postby Jen » Thu Jan 25, 2007 10:25 pm

There was one resident at Skukuza camp site for many years but have not seen one since about 2004.
Have seen in private reserves adjoining KNP so they are around!

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Unread postby Caracal » Thu Jan 25, 2007 10:30 pm

We saw one on our night drive from Byamiti in June last year. Our guide was very excited so I then realised that this was not an every day I got excited too. :D :D

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Unread postby wilmaw » Tue Mar 20, 2007 11:35 pm

Just saw 2 tonight! At our house! Barberton. I have heard of a sighting just outside town but didn't expect to find them here in the residential area.

They were inside our gate but left the yard as my husband went outside; didn't appear frightened though... look used to humans.

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Unread postby Wild about cats » Fri Apr 13, 2007 11:54 am

Wow that is amazing! There's something you don't see everyday! I am still to see one.
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Unread postby vos » Wed Sep 12, 2007 11:20 am

Saw 3 in separate sightings on the tar road to Berg-en-Dal on a night drive with Lourens on the 8th Sept. Our first sighting of this animal and Lourens has never seen so many on a drive. Could hardly contain him, his enthusiasm is contagious.

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