Archive for April 2016

Barbary Macaques

April 29, 2016

I was in Northern Morocco last week on what was mainly a birding trip and so didn’t really see any mammals of note. However, for information I thought I would mention that I saw a troop of at least 13 Barbary Macaques in the Forest of Bouhachem (Rif Mountains) just west of the town of Chefchaouen. A location not often mentioned when it comes to finding Barbary Macaques, it is also easily accessible from S. W. Spain via the Algeciras – Ceuta ferry (the route I took). The Macaques were feeding amongst Cork Oaks by the road and although shy and unapproachable on foot were easily viewed from the vehicle.

RFI: Europe (?) in July

April 27, 2016

Hi all,

Our July travel plans have recently fallen through. We have about a week and a half available in early to mid July and I wouldn’t mind spending it in Europe someplace. My wife and grown daughter love our travel trips as long as there is a modest bit of comfort, a fair bit of activity like hiking (so sitting in a hide or on a ship are out) and we focus more on the mid to large size wildlife rather than say a rodent and bat expedition. So given ALL of those constraints, would anyone be kind enough to recommend a destination as well as a tour company?

We are open to other suggestions, but I have only been to Europe once (Norway) and would love to see more. I have been looking through Jon’s site and the various trip reports posted by various contributors. Thank you in advance for your time.

John Van Niel (USA)

New Trip Report: Riverine Rabbits in South Africa

April 27, 2016

A great report from Paul Carter who just spent a weekend successfully searching for Riverine Rabbits, currently top of my list of things to look for when I am back in South Africa (well just below Pangolin at least). Sounds like a top spot.

Riverine Rabbit Quest, 2016: Paul Carter, 3 days & 19 mammals including Riverine RabbitHewitt’s Red-rock Hare, Aardwolf, Round-eared and Cape Sengis. 


New trip report: Panama

April 25, 2016

I was in Panama a week ago, following in Cheryl Antonucci’s footsteps.  14 species, half of which were new for me, including Cacomistle, Bangs’s Mountain Squirrel and Panamanian Night Monkey, plus a fabulous encounter with False Killer Whales.   The Mexican Harvest Mouse was the 1499th mammal on my life list….


Amur Tigers and Some Moroccan Mammals

April 24, 2016

A couple of interesting pages

Apparently you can look for Amur Tigers at this lodge – has anyone here seen Siberian Tigers (Vladimir?).  H/t Hamman Prinsloo

And Mohammed from Mahgreb Ornitho sent me these notes on Mammals of the Aousserd Region, including Tarabul’s GerbilBarbary SheepDorcas Gazelle and Ratel.


RFI: Washington, DC

April 22, 2016

Hi all,

I’ll have a couple of free days in the DC area at the end of May. Wondering if anyone has any tips on mammals in the area. My main targets would be Southern Flying Squirrel, Allegheny Cottontail, and Allegheny Woodrat. Thinking of trying Long Branch Nature Center (will the Southern Flying Squirrels be there?) and Woodstock Tower. Thanks!

Also, any tips for Big-eared Woodrat, Puma, and Ringtail within an hour of Monterey (Cone Peak and Nacimiento-Ferguson Rd are too far for me)? I’ll be there this weekend and am thinking of trying Tassajara Road/the nearby area.


New Trip Report: Nicaragua

April 22, 2016

I was in Nicaragua last month on a week long mammal bonanza.  A record breaking trip for me I think in terms of diversity with 86 species (plus one that might be an 87th and might even be new to science).  Thank you Jose Gabriel!

Nicaragua, 2016: 8 nights & 86 species including TayraSpotted Hog-nosed SkunkSpectral BatMexican Dog-faced Bat and many more.

A report from my trip to Panama last week will follow soon