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Mon Oct 13, 2008 9:59 pm Unread post
AFRICAN CIVET
Class:Mammalia
Order:Carnivora
Family: Viverridae
Subfamily:Viverrinae
Genus:Civettictis
Species:C. civetta
The African Civet is a member of the viverridae family native to Africa.Its coarse coat varies but is usually an ornate pattern of black and white contrasting bands and blotches, with a white face mask and black eye patches (like that of a raccoon) and a pale muzzle. Like all civets it has perianal glands that produce a fluid known as civetone (used in the perfume industry), which it spreads on markers in its territory to claim its range. The African Civet is an omnivorous generalist, taking both small vertebrates, invertebrates, eggs, carrion, and vegetable matter. It is capable of taking on poisonous invertebrates (such as the millipedes most other species avoid) and snakes, and tackling large prey items such as mongooses and hares. It forages by itself, and is a mostly solitary animal that avoids the presence of others of its species.

(Wikipedia and Kingdom field guide of mammals)
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Mon Oct 13, 2008 10:46 pm Unread post
We have seen one crossing the road near Satara. Unfortunately no pics.
He was very shy and it was raining too.


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Tue Oct 14, 2008 1:07 pm Unread post
Was on a sunset drive in Satara on Saturday night. Did the S100 & only thing of note that we saw was a civet.

My 1st ever , unforgettable !

Pics not too good bcoz of light.

Great pics WH :thumbs_up:


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Tue Oct 14, 2008 7:55 pm Unread post
Punda Maria Hide over looking the little dam :D Saw two civet there, aswel as Genet and Buffalo one night.

Seen civet on various night drives, and one came and ate some chicken heads and feet that some guy was throwing over the fence at Satara while I was looking for Barred Owlet-----Unfortunate that he was breaking the rules, but still an unforgettable experience watching a civet sitting in the open for an hour or so, less then 5 metres away, until it was later chased away by a Spottie! :D


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Tue Oct 21, 2008 8:50 pm Unread post
There is a pair of civets active most nights below below the verandah at the Lowwer Sabie Shop I saw them 4 nights in a row while staying there in September mostly about 21h00.


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Tue Oct 21, 2008 9:38 pm Unread post
You really had a lot of good sightings up in Kruger :thumbs_up: Well DOne!


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Tue Oct 21, 2008 9:52 pm Unread post
thanks... I note... for next time :wink:


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Tue Oct 21, 2008 10:46 pm Unread post
Never seen one, but definately going :wink:


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Fri Oct 24, 2008 10:36 pm Unread post
I went on a night ride from Biyamiti one night and my dad, Jerry Hattrick, chose to stay behind to do a braai. When I got back and told him of the ride, and I then asked him if he had seen anything. He told me there was nothing except this b&*&%y cat that was snooping around the braai, but he chased it off. I told him there were no domestic cats in Kruger, and asked him to describe it. He had chased off a civet!


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Sat Oct 25, 2008 12:34 pm Unread post
Lovely pics ...I believe I saw one at Oliphants but the photo I got is so dark...point and shoot camera ,very early morning and I don't know how to doctor the picture :( but here it is perhaps one of you clever people can sort it out..

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And while I'm editing anyway, here a 'little' doctored version:
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Sun Nov 02, 2008 12:05 am Unread post
Dotty, Great sighting regardless of the dark photo :thumbs_up:


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Sun Nov 02, 2008 6:06 am Unread post
This one visited us every night at safari tent #2 at Punda, 24th - 26th Oct :D
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Sun Nov 02, 2008 9:38 am Unread post
Lovely photo, Freda.

Tent number 2 :mrgreen:


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Sun Nov 02, 2008 12:41 pm Unread post
Very nice photo there Freda!! :twisted: A beautiful creature that Civet is!!!


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Sun Nov 02, 2008 2:24 pm Unread post
Some of the best sightings are INSIDE the camps - great shot Freda, did you see the story about JH above?

Serval in Mopani. :mrgreen:
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