FIELD GUIDE Animal Directory

Small Mammals

South Africa’s smaller mammals range from rodents and bats, which you are likely to spot on a daily basis, to the more elusive aardvark and pangolin, both of which feature high on the wish list of seasoned safari-goers.


Many of these smaller animals are evolutionary one-offs. For instance, the aardvark is the only living member of the order Tubulidentata. By contrast, pigs belong to the same order as giraffes, camels and antelopes.

FIELD GUIDE Animal Directory

Ground Pangolin (VU, EN or CR)

Family Manidae Seen Kgalagadi

Also known as scaly anteaters, pangolins are unobtrusive nocturnal insectivores who curl into a tight ball when disturbed. The ...

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