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Karoo Park Mammal List – 60 Amazing Animals

A checklist of all the Karoo Park mammals

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Male Lion
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Female Lion
Gemsbok sighting
Cape Eland
Cape Eland
Black Rhino
Black Rhino
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Cape Buffalo
Burchells Zebra
Burchell’s Zebra
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Brown Hyena
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Pale chanting goshawk
Pale Chanting Goshawk

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Cape Mountain Zebra
African buffalo
Red hartebeest
Black wildebeest
Common duiker
Mountain reedbuck
Burchells Zebra
Grey Rhebok


Brown Hyena
Black-backed jackal
Bat-eared fox
Cape Fox
Cape clawless otter
Striped polecat (weasel)
Water mongoose
Yellow mongoose
Large grey mongoose
Small-spotted genet
Caracal African wild cat


Cape porcupine
Cape ground squirrel
Pouched mouse
Grey pigmy climbing mouse
Pygmy mouse
Short-tailed gerbil
Hairy footed gerbil
Grants rock mouse
Striped mouse
Namaqua rock mouse
Multimammate mouse
Striped mouse
Bush karoo rat
Saunders Vlei rat
Common molerat
Spectacled dormouse


Vervet Monkey
Chacma baboon
Scrub hare
Smith’s red rock rabbit
Cape Hare
Riverine Rabbit
Round-eared elephant-shrew
Smith’s rock elephant-shrew
Lesser red musk shrew
Forest shrew
Lesser dwarf shrew
Rock dassie (hyrax)
Black Rhino

About Karoo Park Mammal List

The Karoo National Park is a land of natural wonders, where iconic African wildlife species roam free. This massive wilderness is home to some of the most intriguing creatures imaginable. While the “Big Five” may not be found here, you’ll be thrilled to encounter the endangered Cape mountain zebra, the majestic gemsbok, and even the cheeky meerkats. These lesser-known residents of Karoo are just as impressive. With your camera at the ready, you’ll surely capture some unforgettable moments of their beauty. So get ready to be mesmerized by the untamed splendor of Karoo’s iconic wildlife species.

You might see majestic lions and elusive aardvarks. But some unique and endangered species also call this remarkable park their home. One such species is the riverine rabbit, an elusive and endangered mammal found only in the Karoo region. With fewer than 500 individuals left in the wild, the riverine rabbit is one of the rarest mammals in the world.

Another endangered species that can be spotted is the Cape Mountain zebra. These beautiful creatures are characterized by their distinctive black and white stripes, and they are only found in the mountainous regions of the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape. With fewer than 5,000 left in the wild, the Cape Mountain zebra is a species that needs our protection.

Several unique bird species can be found, such as the black harrier and the Ludwig’s bustard. The black harrier is a striking bird of prey listed as vulnerable. Ludwig’s bustard is a large, ground-dwelling bird endemic to southern Africa. By visiting Karoo National Park, you can witness these incredible creatures in their natural habitat and contribute to their conservation efforts.

Karoo National Park’s commitment to protecting its biodiversity is evident in its successful conservation programs, which aim to safeguard its unique flora and fauna for future generations. By visiting this remarkable park, you are immersing yourself in the enigmatic beauty of the Karoo and contributing to the conservation efforts that ensure the survival of its unique and endangered species.

Karoo National Park is a location of great importance for conservation. The park’s unique habitat is threatened, and we must protect them. By visiting and supporting Karoo National Park, we can play a vital role in preserving the park’s biodiversity for future generations.

The park’s conservation efforts are impressive. It’s home to several endangered and unique species, including the elusive riverine rabbit and the majestic Cape Mountain zebra. We must work together to protect these species. Karoo National Park is achieving this goal with its effective conservation initiatives to protect its distinctive plant and animal life.

But conservation isn’t just about protecting individual species. It’s also about preserving the delicate balance of the ecosystem as a whole. The park’s rich biodiversity plays a crucial role in maintaining this balance, and it’s up to all of us to ensure that it remains intact. By supporting conservation efforts at Karoo National Park, we can help maintain the park’s natural beauty and surrounding areas.

Source South African National Parks Board