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Friday, February 18, 2011

Striped Bush Squirrel published in a book


In my blog about the Selous Walking Safari I wrote about the Striped Bush Squirrel I encountered.

In 2012 the John Hopkins University Press will release a book tentatively called Squirrels of the World. The authors are Dick Thorington, John Koprowski, Mike Steele and Jim Whatton. They (or at least one of them ;-)) work for the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institute. That's the American Naturalis (or is Naturalis the Dutch Smithsonian? Anyways...).

I just signed a release form, so quite likely the book will incorporate one of my photos of the Striped Bush Squirrel :-) And of course I get a credit line. Another contribution to the scientific biology world of systematics, awesome!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bat-eared Foxes in Maasai Mara

The Bat-eared Fox (Otocyon megalotis) is a bit of an odd-ball.
Most of the bigger carnivores in East Africa - felines and canids - are, well, predators. They hunt for antelopes, zebras, wildebeests or the occasional rodent.

Not the Bat-eared Fox. He's just as much of an odd ball as the Aardwolf, that's actually a Hyena. Both Bat-eared Fox and Aardwolf don't hunt for the big game. They hunt for the tiny critters like termites, bugs and other insects. I did not see the Aardwolf unfortunately. Only once I saw the Bat-eared Fox in the distance. But unmistakeable a Bat-eared Fox. The tuffed foxtail and the big bat ears make sure you won't misidentify this one. That's why the Dutch call him Grootoorvos; big eared fox.


With those big ears they can hear bugs up to about 12 cm under the sand. You see the 2 foxes in the photo foraging, head down. Listening for bugs under the soil.


For those who like the biological details:
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Phylum: Chordata; Vertebrates / Gewervelden
Class: Mammalia; Mammals / Zoogdieren
Order: Carnivora; Carnivores / Carnivoren
Suborder: Caniformia; Canines, Bears, Seals, Weasels / Honden, Beren, Zeehonden, Marterachtigen
Family: Canidae; Canids / Hondachtigen
Subfamily: Caninae; Canids / Hondachtigen
Genus: Otocyon; Bat-eared Foxes / Grootoorvossen
Species: Otocyon megalotis; Bat-eared Fox / Grootoorvos