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Highveld Gerbil

wildlife of Namibia

Introduction: Highveld gerbils (Tatera brantsii) burrow furiously to produce warrens. They are a terrestrial, communal and nocturnal species that occur on sandy soils with some scrub or grass cover. They occur in small colonies in interconnecting warrens. Although they are tolerant and communal, the highveld gerbil vocalize during 'mutual upright boxing' bouts, a trait of their aggressive behaviour periods.

Distribution: Central and eastern Namibia.

Diet: An omnivorous creature it feeds on seeds of grasses, bushes and trees, including Acacia, leaves and stems and grasses. The high percentage of insects includes termites. It does not hoard food, unusual for a gerbil.

Colouring: Their characteristic long, fluffy fur is light reddish-brown, with darker brown streaks. The chin, nose and throat areas are off-white. The tail is dark in the upper regions, gradually going lighter further down.

Breeding: The highveld gerbil breed throughout the year and females produce litters of 3 or 4 after a gestation period of 22 to 23 days.

Size: Overall body length of 270mm. Weight: 80-95g.

Wildlife Namibia

Lake Oanob

A selection of rooms and bungalows surround this large lake. This is a good place to stay if you are looking for complete relaxation, perhaps at the end of the trip before driving to the Windhoek International Airport (which is about 1.5 hours drive away)

Self Catering Accommodation in Namibia