List of African Animals


Order: Insectivora

Long-tailed Forest Shrew – Myosorex longicaudatus
Dark-Footed Forest Shrew – Myosorex cafer
Forest Shrew – Mysorex varius
Greater Dwarf Shrew – Suncus lixus
Lesser Dwarf Shrew – Suncus varilla
Least Dwarf Shrew – Suncus infinitesimus
Swamp musk Shrew – Crocidura mariquensis
Tiny Musk Shrew – Crocidura fuscomurina
Maquassie Musk Shrew – Crocidura maquassiensis
Reddish-Grey Musk Shrew – Crocidura cyanea
Peter’s Musk Shrew – Crocidura silacea
Giant Musk Shrew – Crocidura occidentalis
Grey-Brown Musk Shrew – Crocidura luna
Greater Musk Shrew – Crocidura flavescens
Lesser Red musk Shrew – Crocidura hirta
Climbing Shrew – Sylvisorex megalura

Elephant Shrews

Four-Toed Elephant Shrew – Petrodomus tetradactylus
Round-Eared Elephant Shrew – Macroscelides proboscideus
Short-Snouted Elephant Shrew – Elephantulus brachyrhynchus
Bushveld Elephant Shrew – Elephantulus intufi
Rock Elephant Shrew – Elephantulus myurus
Peter’s Short-Snouted Elephant-Shrew – Elephantulus fuscus
Smith’s Rock Elephant Shrew – Elephantulus rupestris
Cape Rock Elephant Shrew – Elephantulus edwardii


South African Hedgehog – Atelerix frontalis

Golden Moles

Giant Golden Mole – Chrysopalax trevelyani
Rough-Haired Golden Mole – Chrysospalax villosus
Cape Golden Mole – Chrysopalax asiatica
De Winton’s Golden Mole – Cryptochloris wintoni
Van Zyl’s Golden Mole – Cryptochloris zyli
Visagie’s Golden Mole – Chrysochloris visagiei
Grant’s Golden Mole – Eremitalpa granti
Duthie’s Golden Mole – Chlorotalpa duthiae
Sclater’s Golden Mole – Chlorotalpa sclateri
Gunning’s Golden Mole – Amblysomus gunningi
Zulu Golden Mole – Amblysomus iris
Juliana’s Golden Mole – Amblysomus julianae
Hottentot Golden Mole – Amblysomus hottentotus
Yellow Golden Mole – Calcochloris obtusirostris

Order: Chiroptera

Fruit Bats

Angolan Epauletted Fruit Bat – Epomophorus angolensis
Gambian Epauletted Fruit Bat – Epomophorus gambianus
Peters’ Epaulatted Fruit Bat – Epomophorus crypturus
Wahlberg’s Epauletted Fruit Bat – Epomophorus walbergi
Dobson’s Fruit Bat – Epomops dobsonii
Straw-Coloured Fruit Bat – Eidolon helvum
Egyptian Fruit Bat – Rousettus aegyptiacus
Bocage’s Fruit Bat – Rousettus angolensis

Insect-Eating Bats

Sheath-Tailed and Tomb Bats

Sheath-Tailed Bat – Coleura afra
Tomb Bat – Taphozous mauritianus
Egyptian Tomb Bat – Taphozous perforates

Free-Tailed Bats

Large-Eared Free-Tailed Bat – Otomops martiensseni
Natal Free-Tailed Bat – Mormopterus acetabulosus
Angola Free-Tailed Bat – Tadarida condylura
Nigerian Free-Tailed Bat – Tadarida nigeriae
Spotted Free-Tailed Bat – Tadarida bivittata
Pale Free-Tailed Bat – Tadarida chapini
Ansorge’s Free-Tailed Bat – Tadarida ansorgei
Big-Eared Free-Tailed Bat – Tadarida lobata
Transvaal Free-Tailed Bat – Tadarida ventralis
Madagascar Large Free-Tailed Bat – Tadarida fulminans
Midus Free-Tailed Bat – Tadarida midas
Little Free-Tailed Bat – Tadarida pumila
Egyptian Free-Tailed Bat – Tadarida aegyptiaca
Flat-Headed Free-Tailed Bat – Sauromys petrophilus

Vesper Bats

Greater Long-Fingered Bat – Miniopterus inflatus
Lesser Long-Fingered Bat – Miniopterus fraterculus
Schreibers’ Long-Fingered Bat – Miniopterus schreibersii
Yellow House Bat – Scotophilus dinganii
Welwitsch’s Hairy Bat – Myotis welwitschii
Angola Hairy Bat – Myotis seabrai
Lesueur’s Hairy Bat – Myotis lesueuri
Rufous Hairy Bat – Myotis bocagei
Temmincks’ Hairy Bat – Myotis tricolor
Banana Bat – Pipistrellus nanus
Kuhl’s Bat – Pipistrellus kuhlii
Anchieta’s Bat – Pipistrellus anchietai
Rusty Bat – Pipistrellus rusticus
Ruppel’s Bat – Pipistrellus rueppellii
Namib Long-Eared Bat – Laephotis namibenis
Botswana Long-Eared Bat – Laephotis botswanae
De Winton’s Long-Eared Bat – Laephotis wintoni
Cape Serotine Bat – Eptesicus capensis
Rendall’s Serotine Bat – Eptesicus rendalli
Long-Tailed Serotine Bat – Eptesicus hottentotus
Melck’s Serotine Bat – Eptesicus melckorum
Aloe Serotine Bat – Eptesicus zuluensis
Somali Serotine Bat – Eptesicus somalicus
Butterfly Bat – Chalinobis variegates
Schlieffens’ Bat – Nycticeius schlieffenii
Giant Yellow House Bat – Scotophilus nigrita

Yellow House Bat – Scotophilus dingani
Lesser Yellow House Bat – Scotophilus borbonicus
Thomas’ House Bat – Scotoecus albofuscus
Damara Woolly Bat – Kerivoula argentata
Lesser Woolly Bat – Kerivoula lanosa

Slit-Faced Bats

Large Slit-Faced Bat – Nycteris grandis
Common Slit-Faced Bat – Nycteris thebaica
Hairy Slit-Faced Bat – Nycteris hispida
Greater Slit-Faced Bat – Nycteris macrotis
Wood’s Slit-Faced Bat – Nycteris woodi
Vinson’s Slit-Faced Bat – Nycteris vinsoni

Horseshoe Bats

Hildebrandt’s Horseshoe Bat – Rhinolophus hildebrandti
Geoffroy’s Horseshoe Bat – Rhinolophus clivosus
Cape Horseshoe Bat – Rhinolophus capensis
Dent’s Horseshoe Bat – Rhinolophus denti
Ruppell’s Horseshoe Bat – Rhinolophus fumigatus
Darling’s Horseshoe Bat – Rhinolophus darlingi
Lander’s Horseshoe Bat – Rhinolophus landeri
Peak-Saddle Horseshoe Bat – Rhinolophus blasii
Bushveld Horseshoe Bat – Rhinolophus simulator
Swinny’s Horseshoe Bat – Rhinolophus swinnyi

Leaf-Nosed and Trident Bats

Commerson’s Leaf-Nosed Bat – Hipposideros commersoni
Sundevall’s Leaf-Nosed Bat – Hipposideros caffer
Short-Eared Trident Bat – Cloeotis percivalli
Persian Leaf-Nosed Bat – Triaenops persicus

Order: Primates

Thick-Tailed Bushbaby - Otolemur crassicaudatus
Lesser Bushbaby - Galago moholi
Grants Lesser Bushbaby - Galagoides zanziaricus


Chacma Baboon - Papio ursinus
Yellow Baboon - Papio cynocephalus


Vervet Monkey - Cercopithecus aethiops
Samango Monkey - Cercopithcus mitis

Order: Pholidota

Pangolin - Manis temminckii

Order: Lagomorpha
Hares and Rabbits

Cape Hare - Lepus capensis
Scub Hare - Lepus saxatilis
Smith's Red Rock Rabbit - Pronolagus rupestris
Natal Red Rock Rabbit - Pronolagus crassicaudatus
Jameson's Red Rock Rabbit - Pronolagus randensis
Riverine Rabbit - Bunolagus monticularis
Rabbit - Oryctolagus cuninculus

Order: Rodentia

Cape Dune Molerat - Bathyergus suillus
Namaqua Dune Molerat - Bathyergus janetta
Common Molerat - Cryptomys hottentotus
Cape Molerat - Georychus capensis
Damara Molerat - Cryptomys damaraensis

Porcupine - Hystrix africaeaustralis

Springhare - Pedetes capensis

Spectacled Dormouse - Graphiurus ocularis
Woodland Dormouse - Graphiurus murinus
Rock Dormouse - Graphiurus platyops
Lesser Savanna Dormouse - Graphiurus parvus

Ground Squirrel - Xerus inauris
Sun Squirrel - Heliosciurus mutabilis
Striped Tree Squirrel - Funisciurus congicus
Red Squirrel - Paraxerus palliatus
Tree Squirrel - Paraxerus cepapi
Grey Squirrel - Sciurus carolinensis
Mountain Ground Squirrel - Xerus princeps

Greater Canerat - Thryonomys swinderianus
Lesser Canerat - Thryonomys gregorianus
Dassie Rat - Petromys typicus
Brant's Whistling Rat - Parotomys brantsii
Littledale's Whistling Rat - Parotomys littledalei
Laminate Vlei Rat - Otomys laminatus
Saunder's Vlei Rat - Otomys saundersiae
Angoni Vlei Rat - Otomys angoniensis
Vlei Rat - Otomys irroratus
Sloggett's Rat - Otomys sloggetti
Karoo Bush Rat - Otomys unisulcatus
Grooved-Toothed Mouse - Pelomys fallax
Spiny Mouse - Acomys spinosissimus
Cape Spiny Mouse - Acomys subspinosus
Single-Striped Mouse - Lemniscomys rosalia
Striped Mouse - Rhabdomys pumilio
Woosnam's Desert Rat - Zelotomys woosnami
Water Rat - Dasymys incomtus
Mozambique Woodland Rat - Grammomys cometes
Woodland Mouse - Grammomys dolichurus
House Mouse - Mus musculus
Pygmy Mouse - Mus minutoides
Setzer's Pygmy Mouse - Mus setzeri
Grey-Bellied Pygmy Mouse - Mus triton
Thomas' Pygmy Mouse - Mus sorella
Desert Pygmy Mouse - Mus indutus
Rudd's Mouse - Uranomys ruddi
Multimmate Mouse - Masyomys natalensis
Shortridge's Mouse - Mastomys shortridgei
Tree Mouse - Thallomys paedulcus
Namaqua Rock Mouse - Aethomys namaquaensis
Red Veld Rat - Aethomys chrysophilus
House Rat - Rattus rattus
Short-Tailed Gerbil - Desmodillus auricularis
Hairy-Footed Gerbil - Gerbillurus paeba
Bushveld Gerbil - Tatera leucogaster
Cape Gerbil - Tatera afra
Highveld Gerbil - Tatera brantsii
Pygmy Rock Mouse - Petromyscus collinus
White-Tailed Mouse - Mystromys albicaudatus
Giant Rat - Cricetomys gambianus
Pouched Mouse - Saccostomus campestris
Large-Eared Mouse - Malacothrix typica
Grey Climbing Mouse - Dendromus melanotis
Brant's Climbing Mouse - Dendromus mesomelas
Chestnut Climbing Mouse - Dendromus mystacalis
Fat Mouse - Steatomys pratensis



Mad Bush Farm said...

Great to see you back on blogger. Love the list it's very useful at that.


JD said...

Nice article with lots of usefull info. South Africa really has huge wildlife diversity and I am glad there are reserves that offer safaris and other activities to see these natural treasures.

Donna said...

Animals in africa are our biggest natural wealth! Beautiful pictures, awesome photographer work