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Common Name

 

 

Latin name

 

 

Description

 

 

Similar species

 

 

Bat Eared

Fox

 

 

Otocyon metaglotis

 

 

Small, (35cm at shoulder) long legged fox with huge upright ears. Feeds on small mammals, insects, scorpions, lizards, Geckos, grubs, fruit in season etc. Pairs occupy a territory which when breeding they will defend from all comers. Can be active during both day and night in undisturbed areas.

Sometimes seen in small family groups before cubs disperse.

 

 

Cape Fox

 

 

Vulpes chama

 

 

Similar to European fox but smaller in leg with larger ears and a tawny to sandy coloured coat all over. Standing around 35cm at the shoulder this fox is an opportunist omnivore preying on all manner of food from small rodents, lizards, insects, fruit, carrion etc. Mainly nocturnal in habit can be crepuscular in areas of low disturbance.

 

 

 

Meerkat

or Suricate

 

 

Suricate suricate

 

 

The Meerkat or Suricate is a member of the mongoose family and lives in large clans. They forage together always posting lookouts on a high branch or termite mound watching for both terrestrial and air-borne predators. Their chief food items are insects, grubs, scorpions, smaller mammals, lizards and on occasion birds if they can get them. They keep in touch constantly with a variety of calls and will defend their territory against other Meerkat clans with continued and extreme aggression.

 

 

Could be confused with the banded mongoose by anyone who is not familar with the two animals as the Suricate often has bands of darker hair on the back. The Suricates head however is much wider at the cheeks than the mongoose and always has dark mask like areas around the eyes. Its tail is always shorter than the mongoose. If you are still not sure Suricates

are constantly keeping in touch with each other with their many and different vocalisations-mongooses tend to be much quieter.