KORSMAN CONSERVANCY

MAMMAL EVIDENCE


As the mammals in Korsman are shy or nocturnal, we don't see them much. We know they are here by evidence of their droppings, and feeding and nesting habits.



Water Mongoose (Atilax paludinosus) feed mainly on crabs, fish and frogs. They leave the crab shells almost complete instead of crushing them, although fragments are seen in their droppings.
They have well established routes and toilet sites, leaving their droppings near the water's edge.




Water Mongoose Photo Trevor Hardaker ©
Greater Cane Rats (Thryonomys swinderianus) are vegetarians which can reach 60cm in size. Despite their name, they are more closely related to porcupines than rats.
They leave piles of cut reeds and have distinctive grooved droppings which we see around their nesting sites in grass.
They make clear pathways on their established routes through long grass.

Greater Cane Rat graphic ©2014-2017 WillemSvdMerwe
Southern African Vlei Rats (Otomys irroratus) are an important source of prey for owls and Long-crested eagles.
They are also vegetarians and leave piles of cut plant stems, as they eat the stalk nodes where the most sugars are.
We find their little heaps of cylindrical droppings in re-used sites.



Vlei Rat Photo Trevor Hardaker ©


In the evenings, insect bats are active catching flying insects.

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