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Table Mountain NP: ANIMALS

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Table Mountain NP: ANIMALS

Unread postby francoisd » Wed Apr 04, 2007 8:35 am

New wasp specie for TMNP.

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Klipspringers in the Cape

Unread postby arks » Thu May 10, 2007 9:15 pm

Don't know whether anyone has seen this interesting story about the successful reintroduction of klipspringer to TMNP. 8)
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Unread postby Toddelelfe » Fri May 11, 2007 12:08 am

Thanks for this link!
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Aug 09, 2007 9:40 pm

Took Mrs BB for a woman's day picnic breakfast on TM road and we saw a Verreaux's eagle soar from below us up into the area above the saddle. It was too quick and far for a pic. Sorry.
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Unread postby naturelover » Thu Aug 09, 2007 11:33 pm

Hi all

The introduction of klipspringer to replace the tahrs is a big step in protecting bio-diversity on Table Mountain. Tahrs a incredibly destructive and are a major contributor to erosion.
By the way plenty of the tahrs have escaped and this I know this from a reliable source.

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Unread postby behne » Wed Nov 07, 2007 8:05 pm

Thars are still alive and well. Saw a healthy looking specimen happily consuming precious fynbos just below Fountain Ledge on TM about 2 weeks ago.
Oddly enough in almost the exact same spot where I saw a caracal not too long ago. Now, if only there were some bigger predators up there ...

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Unread postby naturelover » Thu Nov 08, 2007 9:09 pm

Hi all

The Cape Fox is also still present up there.

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Unread postby behne » Thu Nov 15, 2007 10:39 pm

Would love to see a Cape Fox on the mountain. Did once see one in the Constantia Green Belt. Has anyone actually seen any of the klipspringers while out hiking on TM?

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TMNP sightings of animals (and there numbers)

Unread postby lebrob » Sat Dec 22, 2007 10:39 pm

I was just wondering about the animals/birds on table mountain.
I walk up every now and then and to be honest see very little animals and even very little bird activity, irrespective of that I still love the place and get up as often as i can.
I know there are Caracal,Rhebok,porcupine,black eagles,etc still on the mountain and was just wondering if anyone can give me even a vague idea of the numbers???(certainly don't expect an exact figure).
I would also love to know around about how many klipspringer were re-introduced? and were any other animals???

I was also very interested if anyone has while walking on the mountain seen any of these animals/birds(from mongoose to caracal to klipspringer) and if so, where???
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Jan 03, 2008 1:39 pm

Black eagles (2) - from the summit, the main tourist trap areas - 2004
Black eagle (1) - from TM road at the saddle, Aug 2007
Orange breasted sunbird - summit, main TT area - 2004
Boomslang - TM road 100 metres past lower cableway

Caracal - seen by friend - 2007 - Tokai mountain bike trail
Baboon - common

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Unread postby Liam » Fri Jan 04, 2008 6:47 am

What did Caracal eat before the Klipspringers were reintroduced?
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Jan 07, 2008 10:23 am

Liam wrote:What did Caracal eat before the Klipspringers were reintroduced?


Probably rock hyrax (dassie) and young baboons and rodents.
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Unread postby Neil Crawford » Tue Jan 08, 2008 5:27 pm

We saw Black eagles and Orange breasted Sunbird, starlings, doves, crows. That was about it, still enjoyed the visit though. We were hoping to see dassie, but didn't, nor anywhere else in SA, that's an animal we're hoping to see in February.
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Unread postby restio » Thu Jan 10, 2008 6:55 pm

There are lots of dassies near the top cableway station. Neil, if you're coming to CT in Feb, then you're bound to see them if you go up on the cablecar.

I've never seen the porcupine, but have often find quills. And friends who live up near the mountain in Fish Hoek complain about the damage they cause to their garden.

We've seen mongeese often in Kirstenbosch, as well as remarkably tame guinea fowl and francolin. It's also a good place to see sugar birds.

Zebra, wildebeest and deer are usually visible above you as you whizz round Hospital Bend. My son is always excited to see them.

I've seen a pair of otters in the sea at Scarborough - a very special sighting.

In the Cape Point section, there is lots of game to be seen. I was lucky to see a small herd of eland a few years ago.
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Unread postby lebrob » Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:10 am

thanks a million!!!! :)
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