Mammals & Reptiles
Because of the sparse vegetation, game viewing in Karoo National Park is easily facilitated. Best viewing is achieved on the 13km “Lammertjiesleegte” Route on the plains.
Large herbivores such as Red Hartebeest, Eland, the two zebra species, kudu and springbok are all regularly seen. Klipspringer are regularly seen on the pass of the same name. Other species are less obvious due to smaller size, nocturnal habits or restriction to the wilderness areas of the park.
|Cape rock elephant-shrew||Cape Fox|
|Smith's rock elephant-shrew||Bat-eared Fox|
|Round-eared elephant-shrew||Cape Clawless Otter|
|Lesser red musk shrew||Striped Polecat|
|Forest shrew||Water Mongoose|
|Lesser dwarf shrew||Yellow Mongoose|
|Common split-faced bat||Small Grey Mongoose|
|Cape serotine bat||Suricate|
|Melck's serotine bat||Small-spotted Genet|
|Cape Hare||African Wildcat|
|Scrub Hare||Antbear (Aardvark)|
|Smith’s Red Rock Rabbit||Rock Hyrax|
|Riverine Rabbit||Black Rhinoceros|
|Pouched mouse||Cape Mountain Zebra|
|Grey pygmy climbing mouse||Burchell’s Zebra with Quagga bred
|Pygmy mouse||Red Hartebeest|
|Grant's rock mouse||Steenbok|
|Namaqua rock mouse||Gemsbok|
|Saunders' vlei rat||Lion|
|Panthea Leo||Common Duiker|
|Karoo bush rat||Gemsbok|
|Spectacled Dormouse||Grey Rhebuck|
Karoo National Park has a very rich reptilian fauna. Of particular significance are the 5 species of tortoise. However there is also a terrapin, an agama, 2 chameleons, a monitor, 18 snakes and several geckos, skinks and lizards.
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