Sandspruit and Ullmann Park Animals

Not only have we confirmed sightings of ninety bird species in Ernest Ullmann Park and along the Sandspruit, but since we have cleared undergrowth, rehabilitated river banks, removed alien plants and re-introduced indigenous trees, there have also been many new sightings of other animals in the area. Don't forget to let us know if you discover any of these or any new animals. Please also send photos where possible.

15 May 2018

Sandspruit & Ullmann Park Animal Sightings

This article covers animals other than birds in the area. If you are interested the area's bird sightings, please see Sandspruit & Ullmann Park Birds.

Over the past few years since we have created a few relatively dog-free wildlife zones in the park and along the Sandspruit, we have had numerous sightings of animals that have either moved into the area, or are becoming more adventurous.

The latest sighting has caused a buzz of excitement for those living on the Sandspruit. In April 2018 there were confirmed sightings of Cape Clawless Otters. Unfortuantely we cannot reveal the exact location in order to protect the small family unit. These have not been recorded in the area for decades, so we can only assume that they have recently made their way up the river in search of territory and hopefully a new breeding ground.

The polluted state of the Sandspruit suggests that the otter family may not find the food they require and unfortunately may end up moving away from our area. Let's hope there are still enough frogs, crabs and barbel to satisfy them.

Cape Clawless Otter

There was also great excitement in October 2017 when a Dassie (Rock Hyrax) seen in the area near Luderitz Road. Although seen a few times since then, this chap has not been spotted this year that I am aware of. Please let us know if you catch a glimpse.

Dassie (Rock Hyrax)

In addition to the dassie, there have been a number of sightings of Slender Mongoose, including at least one juvenile.

Slender Mongoose

Although the Nile Monitor Lizard is not a new sighting, a smaller one has been spotted recently, suggesting they are either breeding in the area, or new ones are moving along the Sandspruit.

Nile Monitor Lizard

Small-spotted Genets are actually quite common around Johannesburg and especially along the Sandspruit. You will, however, hardly ever see one of these beautiful creatures as they tend to only reveal themselves at night when they hunt for insects, rodents, frogs and other small animals. When disturbed they often make for the trees where you will find it difficult to spot them.

Small-spotted Genet

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