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 Post subject: Bat eared fox in Kruger
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2006 6:57 pm 
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Whilst browsing through todays sightings on the webcam I noticed that it was posted that a possible id to one of the night pics was that of a bat eared fox. I in fact do believe that Siva was right and that this was in fact a hare BUT elsewhere in the thread it is clearly stated that bat eared foxes do NOT occur in KNP whereas in fact they most definitely DO occur and apparently in growing numbers! They are fairly common in the eastland grassland plains as well as the Mopani scrub savanna North of the Letaba River. Although their Southern limit is slightly further North than Satara it is feasible that they could be seen in this area.

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Did not know they occured in Kruger. Interesting post. will keep my eyes open for them in future.

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 Post subject: Re: Bat eared fox in Kruger
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Whilst browsing through todays sightings on the webcam I noticed that it was posted that a possible id to one of the night pics was that of a bat eared fox. I in fact do believe that Siva was right and that this was in fact a hare BUT elsewhere in the thread it is clearly stated that bat eared foxes do NOT occur in KNP whereas in fact they most definitely DO occur and apparently in growing numbers! They are fairly common in the eastland grassland plains as well as the Mopani scrub savanna North of the Letaba River. Although their Southern limit is slightly further North than Satara it is feasible that they could be seen in this area.


Bat eared foxes and Brown Hyena occur in Kruger

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I stand to be corrected ... It shows on the list of Kruger Animals to see .. My apologies to Elaine/USA and Penny ...

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Yup. They are found in KNP. Between Mopani & Punda Maria area. :wink:


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Now that we know the books say they are there, who has got proof, as in photo's?

It would be interesting to see who has had the privilage!

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Almost three months and still no proof... :?

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Wild about cats wrote:
Almost three months and still no proof... :?


They are extremely rare WAC, one of the rarest in KNP, they are found marginally in Mopani/ Shingwedzi & Punda Maria areas, maybe you'll see on eon your trip? :lol:


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:D Then I really hope I see one....
Can you believe, not even Nico has seen one :shock: :wink:

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Wild about cats wrote:
:D Then I really hope I see one....
Can you believe, not even Nico has seen one :shock: :wink:


They aren't like Impala WAC, if you read the Trip Reports forum, you'll see they are extremely rare, one of the rarest in KNP, their estimated population is around 150 in KNP. You should go to KTP & WCNP they are easier to spot there.


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 Post subject: Bat-eared Fox
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The Bat-eared Fox is a canid of the African savanna. It is named after its huge ears. Bat-eared Foxes have tawny fur, their ears, legs and parts of the face are black. They are 55 cm in length (head and body), their ears are 13 cm long. It is the only species in the genus Otocyon.

The teeth of the Bat-eared Fox are much smaller than teeth of other canid species. This is an adaptation to their insectivorous diet. 80% of the diet consists of insects. Bat-eared Foxes visit termite hills, follow locust swarms or stay close to herds of zebras or antelopes in order to feed on the insects landing on their excrements. In addition to insects, Bat-eared Foxes eat rodents, birds and eggs, and sometimes fruits.

Bat-eared Foxes are nocturnal animals that live in small groups consisting of a couple and their young. The pairs live in dens and raise the pups (two to five) together. Mated pairs are very social and are monagamous, although it is unknown if they mate for life.

Due to their unusual teeth, Bat-eared Foxes were once considered as a distinct subfamily of canids (Otocyoninae). However, according to more recent examinations, they are closely related to the true foxes of the genus Vulpes. Other research places the genus as an outgroup which is not very closely related to foxes. The Bat-eared Fox is an old species that was widely distributed in the Pleistocene era. In that time, it even lived in parts of West and South Asia.

There are three subspecies.

Otocyon megalotis megalotis - South Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa

Otocyon megalotis virgatus - Tanzania, Kenya

Otocyon megalotis canescens - Ethiopia, Somalia

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Does anyone know if they occur in Kruger and where they are found in the park. Pics would be nice. :)

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Liam, are far as I know and can remember they do not occur in Kruger, but I stand to be corrected. :?
They are in fact a regular sighting in the Kgalagadi tho and we had lovely views of them from the Nossob hide at night foraging below. :D

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hi Elsa / Liam, The bat eared fox was first spotted in the KNP just north of Shingwedzi sometime in 1966. They are resident now in the northern section of the park but are rarely seen. Your best chance would be on a night drive. I have never seen one in the KNP.

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hi Elsa / Liam, The bat eared fox was first spotted in the KNP just north of Shingwedzi sometime in 1966. They are resident now in the northern section of the park but are rarely seen. Your best chance would be on a night drive. I have never seen one in the KNP.


That is correct I was a schoolboy camping at Shingwedzi at the time when a speciman was found but have heard of no records ever since...rather like White Lions, King Cheetah,Brown Hyena in Kruger and Impala in Kalagadi ...they have been sighted before but not for a long time as far as I know but like Elsa I stand to be corrected

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You can also see them in West Coast National Park !


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