MAMMAL OF THE WEEK

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) launched the 2016 Red List of Mammals of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland in December 2016. Each week, we’ll be bringing you new species assessments, and introducing you to our Mammal of the Week, based on this updated Red List.

African Civet
Civettictis civetta

This week’s mammal of the week is the elusive African Civet. Did you know that the civet is one of South Africa’s “Secret Seven” as it is a solitary nocturnal animal and therefore rarely seen? This species is fairly common within the assessment region and it inhabits a variety of habitats and vegetation types. As civets are omnivorous, they play an important role in seed dispersal. Threats to civets include intentional poisoning by landowners, road collisions and hunting/poaching. While we are unsure of the current population trend, it is unlikely that it is declining and is therefore listed as Least Concern.

For more information visit https://www.ewt.org.za/Reddata/reddata.html

The 2016 Red List of Mammals of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland was funded via the South African National Biodiversity Institute (through a grant by the Norwegian Government that aims to build capacity in the southern Africa region for undertaking assessments), the Endangered Wildlife Trust, the Department of Environmental Affairs, E Oppenheimer & Son and De Beers Group of Companies.