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.

Cape Fox
Vulpes chama

This week’s mammal of the week is the Cape Fox. Did you know that this species is the only true fox occurring in sub-Saharan Africa? This adorable species is listed as Least Concern as it is widespread in the assessment region and has expanded its distribution over recent decades. Although the population is stable, problem animal control activities (especially indiscriminate poisoning and trapping) have resulted in local subpopulation reductions in some areas. Individual Cape Foxes can consume nearly 4,000 rodents / year, therefore this species is likely to be beneficial to farmers and livestock owners across South Africa.

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.