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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 5:14 pm 
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The Cape Mole Rat (Georychus capensis) is a species of mole rat found in the southwestern and southern parts of the Cape of Good Hope Province in South Africa. It the only species in the genus Georychus.


The Cape Dune Mole Rat (Bathyergus suillus) is a species of rodent in the Bathyergidae family. It is endemic to South Africa.

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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 3:36 pm 
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that is definetly a mountain reedbuck


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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
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Reedbuck?

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Tsessebe or Red Hartebeest?

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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
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Southern Reedbuck & Tsessebe.

I believe this is from KNP which means that Red Hartebeest is definitely out of the question. None in the KNP.

Beautiful pics! :wink:


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Thanks for the ID and info Pantera Leo. 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:01 pm 
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That is correct PL..only Tssessebe in Kruger . Hartebeest are found in drier higher areas like Addo, Mt Zebra Karoo, Kalagadi and (Etosha) and are red in colour with a distinct darker saddle and different horns completely.

I go with Reedbuck but the colors of the pic looks exactly like the rarer (in Kruger) Mt Reedbuck ..The thin horns on the left young male are diagnostic Reedbuck


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Okay. Another photo of the Reedbuck. We saw them on the road to Giriyondo Borderpost, just past Makhadzi Picnic Spot. They were drinking from a marshy area next to the road.

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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
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GP thanks for the new pic...definitely a Normal Reedbuck. Mother and son. There used to be a huge Ram located at the picnic spot but now it seems a very territorial Bushbuck ram has taken over that spot. The Shawu drainage area to the East of Mopani Camp is probably the best place in Kruger to see Reedbuck and Pretorius Kop is a great area for them as well with its long grassy patches


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Thanks for the info, Phugwane. 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
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Now - seen in my favourite unmentionable near Meyerton. What was this?

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Now that's the Red Hartebeest! :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
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:thumbs_up: Aha! Now I know the difference and seen both in one trip.


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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
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:thumbs_up: Now just to find that elusive Lichtenstein's Hartebeest! :roll:


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Guinea Pig, look at the horns. You'll see that, seen from the side, the red/Lichtenstein hartebeest has "7"-shaped horns, while that of the Tsessebe is "flat".

Nice sightings, both of them. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
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The Hartebeest in your pic is a female...thin horns

Lichtensteins Hartebeest are best seen around Klopperfontein Dam and on the Northern Plains 4x4 trail on the Vlakteplaas rangers section near the Antelope camp


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