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AFROTROPICAL Tropical & Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forest

The mammals of the rainforest of Africa (apart from the primates) tend to be small and subtle...

Class Mammalia

For the page on the primates of the African rainforest

Order Rodentia

Family Sciuridae

(Ruboni Camp, Uganda).

Funisciurus carruthersi, 'Caruther's Mountain Squirrel'. Found in the subtropical rainforest of the mountains of central and central-eastern Africa.

Caruther's Mountain Squirrel (image by Damon Ramsey)(Bwindi, Uganda)

Paraxerus boehmi, 'Boehm's Bush Squirrel'. Found in rainforest in central & eastern Africa.

Order Chiroptera

Family Pteropodidae

'Straw-coloured Fruit Bats' in a colony high up in a tree. Don't look up in awe with your mouth open, or you might find yourself eating some 'second hand' fruit! (Mozambique).

Eidolon helvum, 'Straw-colored Fruit Bat'. The most widespread megabat in Africa, perhaps the world. This species is reported to have the biggest migration of mammals on the planet, with ten million bats over moving into roost in rainforest of Zambia. As the name suggests it eats fruit, but it also feeds on nectar, and had been seen chewing on soft wood for moisture. They are found in forest, savanna and urban areas across much of sub-Sharan Africa.

For the page on the African rainforest

Throughout the virus I am working in Australia on and off as local borders close, mostly as Expedition Leader in the Kimberley (May-September). If you can't go travelling until everything settles down, then until then, here I am doing online guided walks for Noble Caledonia and online lectures for Silversea.