Saturday, January 27, 2018

Photospot: Mammals of the Kruger National Park

Some Mammal Photos from my January Trip to South Africa

Spent part of four days in the Kruger National Park.  Lots of birds (to follow) but here are some of the mammals we saw.  Some of these need no labels ....

On the first few days we saw no Rhino and I was worried that the poachers (who have apparently been very active, even in the park) had killed them all off.  On the last few days though we saw a total of 7 White Rhino.

Every guide wants to get you "The Big Five" and with Elephant and Rhino, we needed Lion, Buffalo and Leopard.

And then there were other critters ... Steenbok, Klipspringer, Dwarf Mongoose, Spotted Hyena.

And finally, Vervet Monkey and Warthog.

Other mammals in the Kruger included some night drive mammals - Lesser Galago, Thick-tailed Galago, White-tailed Mongoose, Red Tree-Rat, Scrub Hare, African Civet and Large-spotted Genet.  We also had Blue Wildebeest, Giraffe, Hippopotamus, Slender Mongoose, Banded Mongoose, Black-backed Jackal, Burchel's Zebra, Waterbuck, Bushbuck, Chacma Baboon, Lichtenstein's Hartebeest, Impala, Kudu, and Tree Squirrel.

Away from the Kruger we also added Black Wildebeest, Common Duiker, Eland, Mountain Reedbuck, Meerkat, Nyala, Oribi, Rock Hyrax, Serval, Springbok, Tseessebe, Blesbok, and Yellow Mongoose.

Total of 46 species of mammal ... better than some birding trips I've been on.