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 Post subject: Mongoose, White tailed
Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2006 9:28 pm 
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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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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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I saw one on the Lower Sabie night drive last May.


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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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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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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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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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Location: Heart, mind and soul on an early morning drive close to Satara, unfortunately the body is in CPT!
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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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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 Post subject: White-tailed Mongoose
Unread postPosted: 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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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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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 occurrence.........so I got excited too. :D :D


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Just saw 2 tonight! At our house! ...in 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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Wow that is amazing! There's something you don't see everyday! I am still to see one.

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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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