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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 5:49 pm 
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Hi all, I have some pictures of a couple of animals - please could you help identify them? Both were taken near Polokwane in November.

The first is a little buck - a Grysbok perhaps?
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Second is a Hare. Unfortunately my current field guide is not so useful for identifying smaller mammals.. :hmz: Cape Hare or Scrub Hare? What are the differences between the two?
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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:28 pm 
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Hi Nick H,

Welcome to the forum.

Your first picture looks like a suni to me. But it's very hard to see the size of the animal on a picture. Do you know how tall he was? Do you have also more pictures? Because a suni got heavily ringed horns. On your picture I can't see them well.

The difference between a Cape Hare and a Scrub Hare is the following:

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Upperparts:
Cape Hare, varies; light brown and black flecked; whitisch grey in the north.
Scrub Hare, Brown-grey to grey, black-flecked

Underparts:
Cape Hare, Chest not white; abdomen white, in the north may be completely white.
Scrub hare, White throughout.

Face:
Cape Hare, Yellowish on nose and cheeks; pale gray in northern animals.
Scrub Hare, Lighter (whitish or buff) on sides of face and around eyes.

Nuchal patch (on nape or neck behind ears):
Cape Hare, Brownish-pink; pale grey in northern animals.
Scrub Hare, Reddish brown.

Source: Field Guide to Mammals of southern Africa, from Chris & Tilde Stuart.


Based on that and the area where you did spot that animal, I think it's a scrub hare.

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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 13, 2011 7:18 pm 
Hello, and welcome to the forums, Nick!

Grey duiker, scrub hare and Meerkat!


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Richprins wrote:
Hello, and welcome to the forums, Nick!

Grey duiker, scrub hare and Meerkat!


A meerkat (Suricate)? I thought it looks like a Yellow Mongoose. But being in UK doesn't help when I don't know whether you get Suricates in Polokwane.

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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
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Thanks everyone! I *think* the buck was about duiker-sized, but I'm not sure.. Thank you for the hare ID tips - very helpful :thumbs_up:
The other animal is indeed a Yellow Mongoose, which I got another photo of.

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Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:13 pm 
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Hi everyone. I have recently returned from a trip to Hwange National Park where I found a whole bunch of these bats roosting inside a building. Does anyone have any idea what they are?
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a slit faced bat? :hmz:

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This mongoose was not seen in a SANPARKS park but I would like to ID it positively! I know it as a "Rooi meerkat" but the english name? I must mention that a small tip of it's tail was white.
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Googled and now I think it to be Yellow Mongoose - varies from light to reddish brown with white tip tail!

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Not the best photos but amazing how one can be intimidated by a 5cm bat in the garden (during daylight!) :redface: :redface: When it became too hot it hid under the dog kennel on one of the bricks.

Sorry Batmad but these little critters are not my favourite.

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Cape Serotine ;)

And he is absoloutly adorable!

Next time if that happens, please put some kitchen gloves on and place him in a tree, as the ants tend to attack bats when they are grounded...

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Batmad wrote:
...Next time if that happens, please put some kitchen gloves on and place him in a tree, as the ants tend to attack bats when they are grounded...
good to know :D

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Many thanks Batmad :clap: :clap:

Firstly sorry for the posting in the wrong section and secondly perhaps I need a bat box. There are so many around our area and I have even had them skim the swimming pool for a drink!

At least this little fellow survived. I was very worried about him at first.

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Image Hi guys, I think these are leopard but I'm not sure because it seems to have been running, and I think they're fresh because they go over the tire tracks.

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