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New porpoise species confirmed in North Sea, UK

April 4, 2017

– Leslie Sokolow

Canis in West Ethiopia

March 23, 2017

Hi all,

A friend of mine has sent me a few pictures of road kills in Western Ethiopia. The confusion I have is the issue with the African wolf… The pictures are attached below, I would say the right one is a Side striped jackal. It might be because of the casualty not looking too fresh anymore though the left one looks different to me…

Thanks for your input,


Bats of Amazonia (free download)

October 22, 2016

I don’t think I have seen a notice of this here yet? There is a new and free e-book, titled “Field Guide to Amazonian Bats.” Link is at bottom of the summary below. If that does not work, go to “tropical conservation dot net” or use the links at Bat Conservation International (BCI).

Charles Hood, Palmdale, CA


From BCI website:

The aim was to produce an easy-to-use guide that would be both practical and visually appealing. The guide is available in digital format, and can thus be readily consulted on tablets and even smartphones. Interactive links connect all steps of the identification keys making it easy to navigate across the book and link to direct the research to the IUCN Red List species page where more information can be found.

The field guide also features the first acoustic key for Amazonian bats, illustrated with the echolocation spectrogram of most species. This represents a major step towards alleviating the daunting task of identifying the numerous species of aerial insectivorous bats that occur in the Amazon based on their echolocation calls. It further constitutes an important tool to improving the knowledge and optimizing surveys of aerial insectivorous Neotropical bats, a group which remains largely understudied.

As one of the first interactive online field guides for bats, the authors’ aim is to continuously update and improve it. The field guide provides an essential tool, not only for researchers, but also for bat conservationists, consultancies and anyone interested in Neotropical bats in general, and Amazonian bats in particular. The book is published online as an open access e-book free of charge in

Recent Reports You May Have Missed

September 2, 2016

Hello from Ulaan Baatar where I have just landed.  I’m leaving in the morning for a 2 week Camel and other mammal quest with Paul Carter and Phil Teller.  Kind of excited.

Here are some recent reports from the community forum at .  I have set up a bunch more trip reports to be posted while I am in the Gobi:  there are lots of interesting new reports coming in at the moment.

Hopefully we can start sending out automatic email alerts soon too. Until then here are the forum posts from the past few days

New Trip Report: Taiwan, Korea and Japan

Pallas’s Cats near Qinghai Lake, China

New Trip Report – Taiwan

New Trip Report: Cape Hatteras Pelagic, North Carolina

New Trip Report – North Queensland

Fruit bat at Skukuze, Kruger NP, SA




Question about Roan&Sable at Mokala

August 29, 2016

Hi everyone!
I’m copying&pasting my question from the new mammal watching blog, just because you don’t get notofications from there yet.. and I’m impatient and want everyone to see and answer my question 😛

So, this goes mostly to people who have been to Mokala National park in-between two nights at Marrick:

Here’s the deal – my mom wants us to wake up around 7 at Marrick, have a “leuisurely” breakfast and then arrive at Mokala around 10am. Then of course in order to be back for dinner and night drive at Marrick, we would have to leave Mokala by 4:30pm (16:30). Would this give us a good shot at seeing both of these antelopes, or should I insist on trying to get there earlier? How easy is it to find both of those species in Mokala over a 6-hour stay?

Note that I have to “pick my battles” because we’re waking up super early 5 days in a row in Kruger, 1 day in Pilanesberg, and 1 day at West Coast.. (I’m also going to be waking up super early at De Hoop but the rest of the family can sleep in until I come back for breakfast)

Any reasosn why I should insist on getting there earlier, or why we actually don’t have to, to will be highly welcomed!
Thanks in advance!!

Recent Posts on the Mammalwatching Forum you may have missed

August 22, 2016

Dear all

It will be a few more days until I can automatically alert subscribers to each post on the new forum.  In the meantime its good to see some new people have signed up and there have been some interesting posts over the past few days on the forum that you might want to check out.  These include

Manu Lowlands

Marbled Cat & Whiskered Flying Squirrel

East Africa Field Guide Recommendations

Pallas’s Cat Video

Pygmy Hippo RFI

As a reminder this blog is shutting down.  Your existing login details have been transferred to the new site. If you don’t remember your password then request a new one when you login at and – if the password reset email doesn’t arrive – check your spam folders!



Mammalwatching Reboot …. new forum/blog

August 19, 2016

Greetings from the British Bird Fair where there is a surprisingly large interest in mammals and mammal watching.

As some of you have noticed, the new – rebooted – is now up and running.  It officially passes my kids’ “doesn’t look like its from the olden days” test, even though – as Richard Webb pointed out – its not them that uses it so who cares.

There is still work to do of course.  And my trip to the Bird Fair means I haven’t managed to test everything.  In particular the new community forum – which replaces this blog – still needs some work.  I hope everyone who is a member of this forum will be able to use their same login details to post on the new forum here (if not then let me know!).  In particular I am not sure that the automatic emails that alert people to a new post are working properly yet.  But please bear with me on that.  And please start posting on the new forum from now on as this one will soon be shut down.

Please do take a look at the new site and let me know what you like, what you don’t like, and what can be improved or added (preferably as a comment on the new forum!).

Thank you