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The mammals most likely to be seen are baboon, klipspringer, mongoose and dassie which are all daytime feeders.  Others such as porcupine, genet, hare and grysbok are nocturnal and their presence is only revealed by evidence such as spoor, droppings or effect on vegetation.

Several species of rodent make their home here, including the Cape Spiny mouse Acomys subspinosus which is locally common. The relatively limited number of mammalian species and their small populations reflect the low carrying capacity of the fynbos which covers most of Fernkloof.

Land Mammals of Southern Africa, A Field Guide. Smithers, R.H.N. 1986. Illustrations by Clare Abbot Published by Macmillan South Africa.

Cape gerbil

Cape gerbil

Kaapse Nagmuis
Cape Golden mole.

Cape Golden mole.

Kaapse Goue mol
Cape Grey mongoose

Cape Grey mongoose

Klein Grysmuishond
Cape grysbok

Cape grysbok

Kaapse Grysbok

Leopard

Leopard

Luiperd
Cape Mole-rat

Cape Mole-rat

Kaapse Blesmol

Cape porcupine.

Cape porcupine.

Ystervark
Cape Serotine bat.

Cape Serotine bat.

Kaapse Dakvlermuis
Cape Spiny mouse

Cape Spiny mouse

Kaapse Stekelmuis
Caracal

Caracal

Rooikat
Chacma baboon, Bobbejaan

Chacma baboon, Bobbejaan

Kaapse bobbejaan
Forest shrew

Forest shrew

Bosskeerbek
Greater Musk shrew.

Greater Musk shrew.

Groter Rooikeerbek
Grey rhebok

Grey rhebok

Vaalribbok
Large Grey mongoose

Large Grey mongoose

Groot Grysmuishond
Large Spotted genet

Large Spotted genet

Rooikolmuskeljaatkat
Pygmy mouse

Pygmy mouse

Dwergmuis
Rock hyrax

Rock hyrax

Dassie
Saunder's Vlei rat

Saunder's Vlei rat

Saunder's Vlei rot

Saunder's Vlei rat (montane)

Saunder's Vlei rot (montane)
Scrub hare

Scrub hare

Kolhaas