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Pilanesberg National Park Mammal Species Guide : North West Province : South Africa

 
Mammals
Travel Writer: EcoTravel Africa  
 

Prior to its establishment in 1979, most of the land that makes up the Pilanesberg National Park was used for farming and devoid of most of the large mammal species. Since 1979, the area has undergone major reclamation and development and has now matured to a fully stocked nature reserve with most of South Africa's mammal species. see: Operation Genesis

The Pilanesberg National Park is managed and is home to not only the "Big Five", but has also become home and breeding ground to an impressive list of rare and endangered, mammal species.

As of August 2004 the total count of animals was approximately 10,000 including:

42 Lions (plus 32 month old cubs)
12 Cheetah
167 Elephant
90 Black Rhino
300 White Rhino
40 Sable
80 Buffalo -- some Buffalo are periodically removed to other North West nature reserves. TB free Buffalo are rare and extremely expensive; so predation by lions needs is a concern!

The only indigenous southern african mammals (large) that are not found in the Pilanesberg National Park are - bontebok, blesbuck, spotted hyaena, nyala and roan

Common Name Alphabetical

Aardvark
Aardwolf
African Wild Cat
African Elephant
Banded Mongoose
Bat-eared Fox
Black Rhinoceros
Black-backed Jackal
Blue Wildebeest
Buffalo
Burchell's Zebra
Bushbuck
Bushpig
Cape Clawless Otter
Cape Fox
Caracal
Chacma Baboon
Cheetah
Civet
Common Duiker
Common Reedbuck
Dwarf Mongoose
Eland
Giraffe
Greater Cane-Rat
Grey Rhebok
Hippopotamus
Honey Badger
Impala
Klipspringer
Kudu
Large-spotted Genet
Leopard
Lesser Bushbaby
Lion
Mountain Reedbuck
Natal Multimammate Mouse
Nyala
Oribi
Pangolin
Peter's Epauletted Bat
Porcupine
Roan Antelope
Sable Antelope
Serval
Slender Mongoose
Small-spotted Genet
Springhare
Steenbok
Striped Polecat
Tree Squirrel
Tsessebe
Vervet Monkey
Warthog
Water Mongoose
Waterbuck
White Rhinoceros
Wild Dog
Woodland Dormouse
Yellow Mongoose

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As one of South Africa's top Nature Reserves, Pilanesberg National Park, is home to many of the mammals of southern Africa. Numerous wildlife safari and tour companies operate guided tours to Pilanesberg National Park. Popular adventure travel activities in South Africa include: horse riding safaris, elephant back safaris, mountain biking, birding, wilderness walking trails, science safaris and volunteering especially for GAP year students.
 
 
 
Pilanesberg National Park Guide
Pilanesberg National Park Map
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Activities / Interests History
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Pilanesberg National Park Wildlife
Operation Genesis - Pilanesberg Park History
Amphibians Ecology
Birds Trees
Fishes Shrubs
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Reptiles : Snakes Herbaceous Plants
Invertebrates Fungi : Mushrooms
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