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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 3:21 pm 
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:thumbs_up: Aha! Now I know the difference and seen both in one trip.


*Edit*

I'm not removing the post because I was told to, I'm removing it because I'm reasonably sure it's been seen and passed on. Thanks again for the help by everybody else.

I'm not professing to be any kind of expert on antilope and will never be. No, I didn't know the difference between the two Hartebeest. Yes, I previously though Springbok occured in KNP. :tongue: Yes, I thought Sable and Roan can be found in the same spot. :tongue:

I'm not apologizing for my lack of knowledge. At least I admit it and ask instead of acting like Miss. Know-it-all and making an ass of myself by bragging about how clever I am.

Thanks for those that help out and if you tease me about it? No trouble. :lol: Make nasty comments about it and you made an enemy for life.

On with the topic. 8)


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Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:47 pm 
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Guinea Pig wrote:
I'm not apologizing for my lack of knowledge. At least I admit it and ask instead of acting like Miss. Know-it-all and making an ass of myself by bragging about how clever I am.


Good for you! On my email I've got the following quote in my signature line:

There is no shame in not knowing; the shame lies in not finding out.
- Russian Proverb


I do not think I need to say more. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
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Hi all I am new here, very passionate about wildlife, could someone please identify this rodent for me? Pic taken in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (South African side) between Twee Rivieren and Nossob :D thanks a lot in advance!
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A Whistling Rat?

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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
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I don't have a living version from this one (which would make it a much easier).

Does anyone know's who's scull this is?

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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
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Hi all I am new here, very passionate about wildlife, could someone please identify this rodent for me? Pic taken in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (South African side) between Twee Rivieren and Nossob :D thanks a lot in advance!

Hi BlackHarrier (one of my favourite raptors!) and Welcome!

I'm not convinced that your little rodent is a whistling rat, I think that the ears may be too large. Why not post your query in the Arid Parks what is this ... ?? thread. Jannie is sure to know!


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I don't have a living version from this one (which would make it a much easier).

Does anyone know's who's scull this is?

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Do you have any other shots of it? :shock:

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|If I had to take a one off guess, without a size reference, I would say Hyena.

If you could also include where it was found, and give a size reference, that would be great! :pray:
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Those teeth were made to crush bone!

Must be Hyena

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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
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It wasn't that big, maybe about 10 - 20 cm.
It was found between Lower Sabie and Croc bridge.

I think it's a meat eter, because of the teeth.
And the eye's are at the side from the head.

Google-ing some Hyena skulls will learn that this almost must be a Hyena.
Thanks for helping us out of this endless discussion :P

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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
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I saw this little bokkie along Darling Hills Road in October 2010. I saw it only for at the most a few seconds as it crossed the road and disappeared into the bush. At the time, I'd thought it was a steenbok, but now looking at my few pix (shot through the windscreen, hence the poor quality), I'm thinking that it may rather be a Cape grysbok, since the coat seems to be flecked and it lacks the ligher belly of the steenbok.

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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
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Arks, I would agree with cape grysbok :thumbs_up:

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Thanks all for confirming, first one I've ever seen! :dance:
(altho in retrospect, other briefly glimpsed bokkies along that road might also have been grysbok ... :whistle: )


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Hi forumites,

here are two photos of mine:

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No 1. looks like a Steenbok to me and No. 2 like an Oribi. But the size and form of the ears of No. 1 and No. 2 are similar which means that No. 2 is also a Steenbok. The neck also looks similar on both photos.

What makes me think that No. 2 is an Oribi is the following:
- the horns are longer than the ears and much longer than the horns of No. 1
- the ears are not marked on inside as the ears of a Steenbok should be according to my guidebook (Carruther´s "The Wildlife of Southern Africa")
- like an Oribi No. 2 is pale on sides of the face, above the eyes and on throat (also according to the same guidebook)
- according to the same guidebook again No. 2 was resting on the ground like an Oribi with head up to watch for danger

Does anyone have an answer and an explanation? Are there maybe subspecies of Steenboks? Is it really that difficult to distinguish between different species from time to time? Or is it obvious and it is just me who cannot see the difference? 8)

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Unread postPosted: Sun May 08, 2011 8:37 pm 
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Hi Andreas :D

An Oribi would have a bare, dark spot beneath the ear. :hmz: No 2 looks like a Steebok to me as well.


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