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