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Brush-Tailed Hairy-Footed Gerbil

wildlife of Namibia

Introduction: The bushy-tailed hairy-footed gerbil (Gerbillurus vallinus) live in a natural habitat of dry savannah, temperate grassland and hot deserts. They are highly sociable creatures with 'grooming invitation' gestures and contact between individuals is common. They are known to communicate between each other by drumming their feet on the ground.

This species of gerbil live in burrows located at the base of shrubs, which can retain heat, protect them from predators and act as larders. Nests are built using seed husks and grass. Escape burrows are also a feature.

Distribution: Southern parts of Namibia, central highlands only.

Diet: Although it is largely dependent on ephemeral plants, the bushy-tailed hairy-footed gerbil is an opportunistic herbivore. It will feed on insect exoskeletons, seasonal insects and grasses and seeds found in burrows.

Colouring: Varying from reddish-brown to dark greyish-brown with white underparts, forelimbs and feet.

Size: Head and body length 120mm. Tail 50mm. Weight: 40g.

Wildlife Namibia

The Cababnas | Camp Provenance

Cabana's and permanently erected tents on the banks of the Orange River. This camp also serves as the starting base for several river rafting & canoeing adventures

Goibib Mountain Lodge

An owner run lodge, set in a scenic and mountainous area, just off the main road between Keetmanshoop & Grunau. Comfortable well equipped rooms are complimented by game drives (including night drives) on the large farm

Norotshama Lodge

Nestled in the great valley of the Karas region and situated on the banks of the Orange River, about 50km from the South African / Namibia border post

Orange River Lodge

The Orange River Lodge is situated near Noordoewer on the border between South Africa and Namibia

Sandfontein Lodge

A small lodge set on the third biggest game reserve in Namibia. Expect tranquility and a very personalised service in a remote environment

The White House

Not quite Washington DC! This remote accommodation is basic but extremely popular with those looking for good honest accommodation.

Self Catering Accommodation in Namibia