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Pics, videos and stories of rare sightings

I was looking at the mammals database and realized there are so many animals I have yet to see! I would love it if you guys would share some of your pics.,videos, or just stories or sitings of some of these not so often seen animals.

Aardvark- Do they ever come around the WH? I imagine they wouldn't need much water.

Aardwolf- Wow! That's a wild lookin' guy!

African Wildcat

Bat-eared Fox- I can see how it might be mistaken for a jackal at night.

Caracal- Those ears!

Cheetah- I would die if I saw one!

Gemsbok- What a beautiful animal!

Grey Rhebok

Honey Badger

Leopard- maybe, maybe not?

Nyala

Porcupine- I would think they would be sort of common. But I have yet to see one.

Rock Dessie- Looks like a Groundhog to me! LOL

Scrub Hare- I guess the jackals take care of these pretty quick.

Springbok

Waterbuck- awesome looking animal

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Great pictures Gerda. :D I've never seen a Gerenuk before, not even in a Zoo! His body looks like Impala.

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Well done Gerenuk swiviling hips my nickname to my friends ;)

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Great pictures of the gerenuk, Gerda!
They are such amazing antelopes.
When I went to Kenya, that was the animal I wanted to see most...
But I didn't get any photos as good as yours.

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Hi Gerda :) :)
What an interesting looking animal....awesome neck muscles too. Thanks for showing us. :D
Johanna

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This is a Gerenuk - Litocranius walleri
not really a rare sighting, but an interesting antelope.

Gerenuks are found throughout eastern Africa from Somalia to Kenya. They don't occur in South Africa.
I saw them in Samburu National Park (Kenya).



Gerenuk means "giraffe-necked" in the Somali language.
It will stand erect on their hind legs, with their long necks extended, to browse on tall bushes. They use their front legs to pull down higher branches.
It is well adapted to arid environments and rarely needs to drink. Instead, it extracts water from the vegetation it eats.
It is found in small groups and only the male carries horns.

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That's a very good photo of a pangolin, Gerda!

I saw a pangolin in Moremi Game Reserve in Botswana in 2002. It was the only pangolin I ever saw. Here is a photo of it.

Pangolins are covered in rows of brownish - yellow scales. These scales are not true scales (in the fish or reptile sense) but rather a form of keratin, the same substance that constitutes hair and nails. These scales overlap like tiles from front to back. The scales possess sharp points and edges which form a protective armour.
Pangolins have a long sticky tongue and no teeth. They seem to prefer ants to termites but will investigate and excavate termitaria on occasion. Once an ant's nest is discovered by its highly developed sense of smell the pangolin will open the nest with its front digging claws. It will then often insert its whole head into the nest and begin to extract vast quantities of ants with its tongue.

(info from WildlifeCampus' course in Game Ranging/Field Guiding)

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"Fani" wrote:
Is that the same species we saw on leopard cam Gerda ?
No the one on Leopard cam is the Cape Grysbok - Raphicerus melanotis -, they do look very similar but they don't occur in the same regions.

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Is that the same species we saw on leopard cam Gerda ?

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I saw this Sharpe's grysbok in Kruger National Park, 2003.

Sharpe's Grysbok -Raphicerus sharpei - is a small, shy, solitary antelope.
shoulder height : 50 cm, adult weighs + 7.5 kg

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At Ecotraining camp, April 2000, we found this pangolin while gathering firewood. It was amazing to watch and a rare sighting.

Pangolin - Manis temminickii

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