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Unread postby adw » Wed Jan 02, 2008 6:04 pm

I have done some further research on this animal and in the book 'Field Guide to the Mammals of the Kruger National Park by U. De V Pienaar (1987) it is stated that the bat eared fox was first spotted in March 1967 14 km south of Shingwedzi when a group of 6 were seen during the night by a Parks Board Official. It goes on to say 'since then these animals have become firmly established on the eastern grasslands plains and mopane scrub savannah north of the Letaba river. The (then) southern limit of their range in the park appears to be in the area of the Malopenyana windmill and the northern limit is Pafuri.'
Maybe a Parks board official can give us an update on their status in the KNP>
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Unread postby onewithnature » Wed Dec 24, 2008 3:45 am

I've never heard of recent sightings in Kruger, though Kgalagadi is certainly a favoured spot for seeing them. I was amazed when I saw them last time there, every car that was following me driving past without stopping. Perhaps the average bush-visiting homosapien is becoming less observant, more hurried, less patient, and more urbanised, and less appreciative?
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Unread postby o-dog » Fri Jan 23, 2009 12:14 am

Saw 13 Bat Eared Foxes in 2 groups at WCNP (Postberg open area near Tsarbank) on the 2nd Jan 09. One group of 5 at distance and then 3 adults with 5 real youngsters probably foraging for the first time.
They were being admired by a large Caracal relaxing in the open area as well!
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Unread postby Mgulube » Sat Jan 24, 2009 10:46 am

I truly believe that you will find these cuties in the far northern area of kruger (Pafuri and Punda area.)

The reason for me making this statement is that we reside close to Pafuri, and in our own private reserve we often spot these guys. And no animal is bounded by border fences. So if we have them, i can garuantee you that KNP WILL have them as well.

You just need to understand that they are very shy and elusive creatures. That' maybe why visitors rarely see them

But they are damn cute :D
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Unread postby Mike1916 » Sat Jan 24, 2009 2:18 pm

Next time i am up in the far northern part of the part i hope i will get a glimpse of these cute little creatures! :D :D
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Unread postby Richprins » Sat Jan 24, 2009 7:06 pm

Welcome, Mgulube!

Is that Tshipise?

This is very interesting news! :clap:

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Unread postby Mgulube » Fri Jan 30, 2009 7:14 am

Yes Richprins, that's the place!!

One night we were out on a "not-so-official-gamedrive" and saw 23 Bat-eared Foxes in a matter of 30min! We couldn't believe our luck!

Untill we realized that we had been driving around in circles, and it was the same guys we saw every time :redface: :redface: :redface:
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Unread postby Safrica » Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:07 am

Mgulube wrote:Untill we realized that we had been driving around in circles, and it was the same guys we saw every time

:wink: :mrgreen: :whistle:


Mgulube wrote:I truly believe that you will find these cuties in the far northern area of kruger (Pafuri and Punda area.)

maybe SuMari has heard something about this?
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Unread postby Richprins » Sat Jan 31, 2009 7:45 pm

Eish!

Tshipise is still many km from Kruger, and in a very different ecozone - the theory being that these foxes have made their way down the sandveld strip along the Limpopo from the drier western areas! :?

Still, who knows! :P

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Re: Bat-eared Fox

Unread postby Mgulube » Mon Feb 02, 2009 7:16 am

I know we are 104km away from Pafuri, but I would still like to believe that this might be possible.

We will be entering Pafuri Saturday morning, going down to Phalaborwa, so I will keep my eyes peeled for any Bats! :dance:
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Unread postby 3dgreek » Sun Feb 08, 2009 3:39 pm

I'm no expert but various books I have show them as living in Kruger in various regions...if you want me to quote them then let me know.
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Unread postby Richprins » Sun Feb 08, 2009 6:26 pm

Welcome, and thanks for the info, lettuceleaf! :thumbs_up:

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Unread postby onewithnature » Mon Mar 08, 2010 11:08 am

It's amazing how many bat-eared foxes you guys have seen at one time! I've only seen four in KTP (but, then, only been there once). I think it must be an awesome sight seeing so many large ears communing together! I live in hope ...
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Unread postby Nico » Mon Mar 29, 2010 4:38 pm

Bat eared Fox in the Kgalagadi filmed on the day and in the night. Amazing animals. :wink:

[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIHdRxG_BcM[/video]

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Unread postby onewithnature » Tue Mar 30, 2010 1:48 am

Nico :clap: :clap:
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