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.

Small-spotted Genet
Genetta genetta

This week’s mammal of the week is the shy Small-spotted Genet. This nocturnal carnivore is widely distributed across South Africa in a large variety of habitats. In fact, the Small-spotted Genet frequents many gardens in residential areas in search of prey and shelter. Threats to the species include road collisions, hunting for food and cultural purposes, and accidental/intentional persecution. As the population is considered to be stable, and there are no significant threats, the Small-spotted Genet is 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.