Archive for March 2016

Small spotted genet or feline genet?

March 28, 2016

Good day everyone,

This is the first time I post something on this website. I’m new, although following this website for a while.  I’m a birdwatcher but last years more and more interested in mammals.

Last November we went to Namibia.  In Okonjima (Africat founfation) there is a night hide (there are putting some food in the night), where we saw honey badger and porcupine but also as the guide called a “small spotted genet” or common genet.  We don’t have pictures as it was hiding in a tree but back to our camping we realized that there is also a subspecies, now considered by some as a species and called feline genet.  The problem with a lot of guides is that they don’t take into account subspecies or possible splits.  Feline Genet seems to be widespread in Namibia.  Small spotted genet is only occuring in a part of Namibia (unless of course feline genet still considered as a subspecies of small spotted genet).  I’m trying to find out whether we saw a small spotted genet or a feline genet, and of course without pictures it is almost impossible.  Based on the guide the Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals both should occur in Namibia but when surfing on the net, I don’t find useful information about feline genet in Namibia.  The guide spoke about small spotted genet but most guides don’t take subspecies and splits into account so I’m really wondering what kind of genet occurs in that particular night hide in Okonjima.  Maybe someone has been to that particular night hide, as the genet cat is coming here almost every night.

Thank you for sharing some useful information.



Sydney (continued)

March 28, 2016

I just spent four days in Sydney, mostly babysitting and without a car. Thanks to Ry Beaver, I learned that there is a very active Facebook group called Australian Mammal Watching, posted an RFI there and got not just some good advice, but an invitation to a trip! Chris Charles and Murray Lord (thanks, guys!) took me spotlighting to Colo Gorge NW of Sydney. In a few hours we saw 3 spp. of mammals: two swamp wallabies and a common brushtail possum in the part of the gorge that’s outside Wollemi National Park, plus one species inside the park that was new to me: a Gould’s long-eared bat which we actually spotted at a night roost from a moving car (there are many small cave-like niches in roadside rocks and you can use your flashlight to quickly look inside without stopping the car). There were also some cool herps and three southern boobooks.

In Sydney I got a common ringtail possum and a few grey-headed flying foxes at University of Sydney campus (note that the colony at Royal Botanic Garden has been evicted), plus a totally unexpected barking owl at Clovelly Beach.

For people with more time, here is a page about mammals of Sydney with a few locations listed.


March 27, 2016

I just found out that IUCN SSC Small Mammal Specialist Group has a Facebook page, with lots of interesting news. Check it out!

Sun Bear at Kaeng Krachan

March 22, 2016

“Just in case anybody is up for an Ursine twitch, a friend just back from Kaeng Krachan in Thailand reports that a Sun Bear is visiting the food dump behind the kitchen at Ban Krang camp site during the day time.” – DMW at Birdforum

I prefer not to see animals at food dumps like this, but if I were in Southeast Asia at the moment I’d definitely be feeling a little twitch-y.


March 20, 2016

Dear All,

I ‘ve just learned that I’ll be in Sydney for much of this week. I’ve been there before, but there’s still a lot of stuff I’d like to see. Is anybody around? Any recent tips? I’ll be limited to about 50-km radius.


Vladimir Dinets

New Trip Report: Tanzania

March 18, 2016

Another great report from Stefan Lithner

Tanzania, 2015: Stefan Lithner, 19 days & 80 species including Servaline GenetAfrican Palm CivetSouthern Tree HyraxDemon Mole-rat and other interesting rodents.

I am going to Nicaragua this evening for a week – wish me luck!


Mediterranean Monk Seal in Israel!

March 17, 2016

Well I’ve never been a so-called “twitcher”, but I might just be this weekend, as a female adult of this endangered and rare species has been spotted at Rosh Hanikra, where it’s apparently seen once-ish a year. The question is: how long do they usually hang around when they’re seen? I’ll find out today. Apparently this individual is known by the local researchers.

Well, next time you’re in Israel, you might be able to add this species to your list – just call Rosh Hanikra and find out if one is present.