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Mammals at Addo Elephant National Park

This is a collection of photos, all except the buffalo by Honeyguider Rob May, taken on our holiday to the South Africa's Garden Route and Addo Elephant National Park in October/November 2009.

There were just too many pictures to put in the holiday report, so we're pleased to feature more here.

male lion

The two male lions in Addo were brought in from the Kalahari, the most similar race to the lions that would once have been here. They have large darks manes that stretch down between their front legs.


Here's a group of females and large cubs in the shade of some scrub.

Kudu was the mammal we saw most of at Addo. Females lack the twisty horns of the male, above. Alpha males have the longest horns, with most twists.


Warthogs, of course. I think they're cute.

Burchell's zebras

Burchell's zebras. Re-introduced to Addo.


You were just thinking - it's called Addo Elephant National Park, so there must be some! And there are, lots, and increasing steadily.

baby elephant

We saw several young elephants. This one's just a few days old.

spotted hyaena

Only one of our two buses was lucky enough to catch this spotted hyaena in one of the park's several waterholes. It's also behind the jackal below.

black-backed jackal

We saw most black-backed jackals on two night drives, but a few during the day too.

yellow mongoose

Yellow mongoose was seen all four days at Addo.

red hartebeest

Red hartebeest. Other antelopes we recorded were eland, common duiker, on a night drive, and bushbuck.

Other mammals we saw in Addo: scrub hare, small grey mongoose, striped mouse, porcupine, karoo bush rat, springhare and meercat.

vervet monkey

Vervet monkey - also seen by the coast.

rock hyrax

Rock hyrax, or rock dassie, this one photographed by the coast.


OK, it's not a mammal, but where there are elephants there is dung. Flightless dung beetle Circellium bacchus is the species here.

Dung beetles prefer buffalo (above) and elephant dung, we learnt.

dung beetle

‘Dung beetles have right of way' says the South African National Parks’ sign as you leave the Addo camp and drive into the park.

It continues: ‘Do not drive over dung beetles or elephant dung’, to emphase the importance of the beetles’ role in the park’s ecosystem.

dung beetles

Our dates at Addo: we arrived on the evening of 5 November 2009, had four full days 6-9 November, leaving on 10 November.

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