Knysna Mammal List - Self-catering accommodation Knysna, Garden Route
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Knysna Mammal List

Knysna / Garden Route / Forest Edge

Mammals of the Garden Route – although not seen as often as the game in a game reserve, Forest Edge still offers the unique opportunity to spot indigenous mammals, not only the more common monkeys, bushbuck and baboon that wander out of the forest to look for food at the forest’s edge, but also the nocturnal porcupine, bushpig, honey badger or caracal. Sunset bats and fieldmouse families, and the Clawless Cape Otter that visitors and scientists come from far and wide to try and see – the thrill of any animal visit is very rewarding for the game-lover.

As one of our guests wrote about Forest Edge “as you slow slow to its rhythm and the beat of its hospitable heart” you will increasingly attune and see more. The remaining 2 out of the Big 5 of the forest, the Knysna forest elephant and the leopard, are hardly ever seen (even by proffesional rangers and researchers), but sometimes grace us with spoor or dung to attest to their exotic survival despite the odds, or show up on motion-detect cameras placed on strategic forest trails. Regrettably, although buffalo used to be abundant, none remain. We also provide up to date information and photos on the Forest Edge eco-trail; we never cease to be charmed by these gifts of the forest. Bring your binoculars, walking shoes, mammal guide, eyes, nose, ears and instinct, and explore to your heart’s content on a Forest Walk or from the comfort of your cottage in some cases!

Quicklinks to other Nature-lovers’ Lists: Knysna Bird list; Knysna Tree list;

Please see a few of the photos of mammals taken at or near Forest Edge below, before and after the actual Mammal List. Guest photos are acknowledged in the hover-over.

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Order English Afrikaans Scientific
PROBOSCIDAE – elephant African Elephant Olifant Loxodonta africana
CARNIVORA – carnivores African Wild Cat Vaalboskat Felis lybica
  Cape Clawless Otter Groototter Aonyx capensis
  Cape fox Silvervos Vulpes chama
  Cape Grey Mongoose Kleingrysmuishond Galerella pulverulenta
  Caracal Rooikat Felis caracal
  Honey Badger Ratel Mellivora capensis
  Large Grey Mongoose Grootgrysmuidhond Herpestes ichneumon
  Small Spotted Genet Kleinkol Muskejaatkat Genetta genetta
  Large Spotted Genet Rooikolmuskejaatkat Genetta tigrina
  Leopard Luiperd Panthera pardus
  Serval Tierboskat Felis serval
  Striped Polecat Stinkmuishond Ictonyx striatus
  Water mongoose Kommetjiegatmuishond Atilax paludinosus
PRIMATES – baboons Chacma Baboon Bobbejaan Papio ursinus
  Vervet Monkey Blou-aap Cercopethicus aethiops
ARTIODACTYLA – even-toed angulates Blue Duiker Blouduiker Philantomba monticola
  Bontebok Bontebok Damaliscus dorcas dorcas
  Bushbuck Bosbok Tragelaphus scriptus
  Bushpig Bosvark Potamochoerus porcus
  Common Duiker Gewone Duiker Sylvicapra grimmia
  Grey Rhebok Vaalribbok Pelea capreolus
  Hippopotamus Seekoei Hippopotamus amphibius
  Klipspringer Klipspringer Oreotragus oreotragus
  Steenbok Steenbok Raphicerus campestris
PERRISSODACTYLA – zebra Cape Mountain Zebra Kaapsebergzebra Equus zebra zebra
HYRACOIDAE – dassies Rock dassie Klipdas Procavia capensis
LAGOMORPHA – hares Scrub hare Kolhaas Lepus saxatilis
RODENTIA – rodents Brant’s Climbing Mouse Brantsse Klimmuis Dendromus mesomelas
  Cape Dormouse Gemsbokmuis Graphiurus ocularis
  Cape Dune Molerat Kaapse Duinmol Bathyergus suillus
  Cape Spiny Mouse Kaapse Stekelmuis Acomys subspinosus
  Common Molerat Vaalmol Cryptomus hottentotus
  Forest Dormouse Boswaaierstertmuis Graphirius murinus
  Grey Climbing Mouse Grysklimmuis Dendromus melanotis
  Krebs’ Fat Mouse Krebsse Vetmuis Steatomys krebsii
  Porcupine Ystervark Hystrix africaeaustralis
  Pouched Mouse Wangsakmuis Saccostomus campestris
  Pigmy Mouse Dwergmuis Mus minutoides
  Striped mouse Streepmuis Rhabdomys pumilio
  Verreaux’s Mouse Verreauxse Muis Mastomys verreauxii
  Vlei Rat Vleirot Otomys irroratus
  White-Tailed Mouse Witstertmuis Mystromys albicaudatus
INSECTIVORA – hedgehogs Duthie’s Golden Mole Duthiese Gouemol Chlorotalpa duthiae
  Forest Shrew Bosskeerbek Myosorex varius
  Greater Musk Shrew Groter Skeerbek Crocidura flavescens
  Hottentot Golden Mole Hottentotgouemol Amblysomus hottentotus
  Least Dwarf Shrew Kleinste Dwegskeerbek Suncus infinitesimus
  Longtailed Forest Shrew Langstertbosskeerbek Myosorex longicaudatus
  Reddish-Grey Musk Shrew Rooigrysskeerbek Crocidura cyanea
  Round-eared Elephant Shrew Ronde-oorklaasneus Macroscelides proboscideus
  Knysna Golden Mole Knysnagouemol Amblysomus iris
CHIROPTERA – bats Cape Horseshoe Bat Kaapse Saalneusvlermuis Rhinolophus capensis
  Cape Serotine Bat Kaapse Dakvlermuis Eptesicus capensis
  Egyptian Slit-faced Bat Gewone-pleutneusvlermuis Nycteris thebaica
  Egyptian Fruit Bat Kaapse Vrugtevlermuis Rousettus aegyptiacus
  Egyptian Free-tailed Bat Egiptiese Losstertvlermuis Tadarida aegyptiaca
  Geoffroy’s Horseshoe Bat Geoffroyse aalneusvlermuis Rhinolophus clivosus 
  Kuhl’s Pipistrelle Kuhlse Vlermuis Pipistrellus kuhlii
  Lesser Long-fingered Bat Swartvlermuis Miniopterus fraterculus
  Longtailed Serotine Bat Langstertdakvlermuis Eptesicus hottentotus
  Melck’s Serotine Bat Melckse Dakvlermuis Eptesicus melckorum
  Schreiber’s Long-fingered Bat Schreibersse Grotvlermuis Miniopterus schreibersii
  Temminck’s Hairy Bat Temminckse Langhaarvlermuis Myotis tricolor
  Mauritian Tomb Bat Witlyfvlermuis Taphozous mauritianus 

This official list was obtained from Sanparks in Knysna; please let us know if you spot any errors or ommissions and we’ll let them know.

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There are an estimated 25 remaining territorial leopard in the Garden Route. From an article in “The Edge” newspaper Oct 2010.

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We LOVE the bats of Forest Edge as the average bat eats up to 3000 mosquitoes each night! They also keep the insects in our organic food forest under control. The above bats (Rhinolophus clivos; Neoromicia-capensis and Pipistrellus-kuhli) were identified at Forest Edge in a quick 1-hour survey by Dr Corrie Schoeman and Dr Samantha Hockey on 22 Jan 2014. There may be more species here. It was very exciting to be witness to the process and to see these amazing, clean, shy creatures that we are the custodians of, up close!

*** Seeing this enticing Forest Edge Mammal List of Knysna forest mammals of the Garden Route, we hope you will visit us for a gamespotting breakaway.
Book a stay and gamespot away!