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Game Warden

A topic to concentrate on the small things one sees on safari. This list will give you some idea of what photos should be included: please include when and where seen, tech specs and any other pertinent details of the sighting.

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Kitsafari

@@Game Warden my jaw dropped at the loong list of rodents! I'm so ignorant about this; never thought there were so many different types of rodent. I don't think I saw any of the rodent species, except perhaps the porcupine or the squirrel, and even then, I'm uncertain what sub-category they would fall into too.

 

but you've just added another to the list of mammals to look out for. i do wonder what the guide will think when I make a request to search for rodents instead of the cats.... :rolleyes:

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Peter Connan

I was told these are Gerbils, but I am by no means sure.

 

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Antee

Virtually nothing is known about Western red forest rat.
It is endemic to the western Madagascar and only found in Tsingy de Bemaraha NP where it lives in the forest among the limestone caves and cliffs.
The habitat is less than 5000km2

Sorry for the bad picture but I have to crawl into a cave to get it :)

Western red forest rat
Endangered


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kittykat23uk

Another red forest rat, from Andasibe , Madagascar.

 

 

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ETA: do they have to be African species?

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Livetowander

I'd appreciate help with identifying this rat. Is it just a common brown rat? Found it in Ruaha, Tanzania.

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mapumbo

This is a photo of a Naked Mole Rat spotted by our guide Dominic on the road in Meru. This was taken in mid January, 2016.

 

When I included this photo in our Trip Report I was astounded at the excitement this photo produced. We had no idea at the time that this was a rather rare and coveted sighting.

 

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Game Warden

@@mapumbo I don't think I've seen another on Safaritalk. (Now someone will provide a link to another photo...)

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mapumbo

@@mapumbo I don't think I've seen another on Safaritalk. (Now someone will provide a link to another photo...)

Yes, it would be great fun to know if someone else has come across this illusive and rare to daylight critter.

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Antee

Himalayan Marmot , in a far away valley close to Jomolhari basecamp , Bhutan

These funny guys living between 3,500 to 5,200 m (11,500 to 17,100 ft) in Himalaya and Tibetan plateau.

They were in millions along a valley during my high altidude trek in Bhutan. Shouting loud at us when we walking by.
Unfortunately I only brought my wide angle lens and could´nt come closer before they escaped in their holes.


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Tom Kellie

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Xerus rutilus With a Morsel
 
 
~ Photographed with a Canon EOS 1D X camera mounted with an EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II super-telephoto lens, hand-held, Shutter Priority shooting mode.
 
Samburu National Reserve, Kenya on 3 October, 2014 at 4:08 pm, ISO 400, f/3.2, 1/2000 sec.
 
 
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Around the entrance of the Samburu Sopa Lodge several Xerus rutilus vigilantly search for seeds.
 
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