Fynbos is unable to support large mammals because the nutrient-poor soils do not allow the vegetation to satisfy their protein requirements. However, the smaller mammals that are common in the Fynbos include;

Chacma Baboons: Chacma is the Khoikhoi word for baboon.

Klipspringer: klipspringer meaning “rock jumper” have this name because they are amazingly agile on steep rocks and boulders

Cape Grysbok: A relatively common species but rarely seen as it is very wary and avoids human contact. They are endemic to the fynbos region.

Dassie (Rock Hyrax): They look like a rodent but in actual fact their closest relative is an elephant.

Mongooses: Some species are tolerant to snake venom and will outrightly attack venomous snakes such as the Cape Cobra.

Striped mouse: Unlike most rodent species the striped mouse is diurnal and is the most common mammal in Southern Africa

*List of mammals  found in the Berg River Catchment area

Common Name Latin Name
Cape Clawless Otter Aonyx capensis
Water Mongoose Atilax paludinosus
Caracal Caracal caracal
Cape Golden Mole Chrysochloris asiatica
Small Grey Mongoose Galerella pulverulenta
Small Spotted Genet Genet tatigrina
Porcupine Hystrix africaeaustralis
Forest Shrew Myosorex varius
Leopard Panthera pardus
Baboon Papio hamadryas
Rock Hyrax (Dassie) Procavia capensis
Smith’s Red Rock Rabbit Pronulagus rupestris
Steenbok Raphicerus campestris
Cape Grysbok Raphicerus melanotis
Striped Mouse Rhabdomys pumilio
Cape Fox Vulpes chama