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|
|Cape Golden Mole||Chrysochloris asiatica|
|Small Grey Mongoose||Galerella pulverulenta|
|Small Spotted Genet||Genet tatigrina|
|Forest Shrew||Myosorex varius|
|Rock Hyrax (Dassie)||Procavia capensis|
|Smith’s Red Rock Rabbit||Pronulagus rupestris|
|Cape Grysbok||Raphicerus melanotis|
|Striped Mouse||Rhabdomys pumilio|
|Cape Fox||Vulpes chama|