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Side-striped jackal

It’s #MadMammalMonday and today we take a look at Canis adustus otherwise known as the Side-striped jackal. The side-striped jackal is a member of the family Canidae which includes dogs, cayotes and wolves. The genus Canis only consists of three jackal species, C. mesomelas (Black-backed jackal), C. adustus (Side-striped jackal) and C. aureus (Golden jackal). [...]

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The Arabian Camel (Camelus dromidarius)

It’ s #MadMammalMonday, today we take walk in the desert through the eyes of a camel (Camelus dromidarius). We look at how these animals are have adapted to their very harsh conditions. So, what is a camel? Camels are even toed ungulates of the genus Camelus. There are only two extant members of this genus [...]

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black-and-rufous giant sengi

It’s MAD MAMMAL MONDAY! Today we are looking at the black-and-rufous giant sengi or black-and-rufous elephant shrew (Rhynchocyon petersi). Rufous is a reddish-brown colour. They are endemic to East Africa and are found in the Eastern Arc Mountains, in Forests of the Shimba Hills in Kenya and south into Tanzania (Rathbun & Butynski, 2008). They [...]

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Speke’s pectinator

It’s #MadMammalMonday, today we take a look at the genus Pectinator!(kind of sounds like Terminator) This genus consists of a single species, Pectinator spekei. These dassie –like animals only occur in the desert and semi-desert of Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia and Ethiopia. They are the only gundi (comb rat) to live on the Horn of Africa. [...]

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The Ethiopian Wolf

The Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) The Ethiopian Wolf (or the Simien fox) is in fact more closely related to the Grey Wolf (Canis lupus) and the Coyote (Canis latrans) than to any other African canid, possibly being descended from the a grey wolf-like ancestor that crossed over from Eurasia to northern Africa. This wolf is [...]

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Rusty Link Rat

The rusty link rat (Deomys ferrugineus) also known as the Congo forest rat is endemic to the African continent. This species is the only member of the genus Deomys in the family Muridae. Like its name suggests these animals are found in the forests of central eastern and western Africa, with the preferred habitat of [...]

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Rousettus aegyptiacus – The Egyptian Rousette

This common species of fruit bat is small to medium sized, but practically uniformly dark-brown to greyish in colour, with no white markings and no webbing between its toes. It has a long muzzle, short tail and naked ears with a rounded tip. The wings are blackish-brown with the wing-membranes attaching to the first toe. [...]

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African Linsangs

As I was perusing the Carnivore part of the Mammals of Africa books, I came across the African Linsangs. I have not heard of these carnivores before, so I thought I may as well use this week’s Mad Mammal Monday to educate myself… So without further ado, I give you the African Linsang (Genus: Poiana, [...]

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The Zanzibar Red Colobus (Procolobus kirkii)

The subfamily Colobinae consist of around a dozen African species that vary in colour from all black, black-and-white, to those with red and orange tints, and one species that is a dull olive colour. Their name is derived from the Greek “kolobos”, meaning “mutilated”, which is a reference to the fact that unlike other cercopithecoid [...]

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Common warthog

It’s MAD MAMMAL MONDAY! Today we take a look at the Common Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) or known in Afrikaans as the Vlakvark. The warthog is endemic to Africa and has a very wide distribution (see the attached distribution map). This mammal derives its name from warts that are found on its lower jaw. It has [...]

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