Striped Tree Squirrel
wildlife of Namibia
Introduction: As its name suggests, the striped-tree squirrel (Funisciurus congicus) are mainly arboreal, although they spend almost as much time foraging on the ground as they do in trees. They are the smallest of Namibia's squirrel species. They are active in the early mornings and are great sun baskers, returning well before sunset to their dreys, which are either holes in trees or trees lined with leaves and grass. This indicates a sensitivity to the cold as they use the dreys during the warmer summer months and the holes in the trees in the colder winter months. They live in small family family parties of about 4.
A feature of striped-tree squirrel is that they mob potential predators by vocalizing loudly in unison with aggravated tail flicking. They also whistle loudly at the approach of birds of prey and because of their small size and agility can move around the smallest of twigs using them as escape routes. They are agile jumpers and move freely from tree to tree, another escape strategy, especially when in the radar of snakes.
Distribution: The striped-tree squirrel habits woodland areas, typically found in the north-western parts of Namibia to east of Grootfontein.
Diet: Striped-tree squirrels are predominantly vegetarians, with seeds and fruits of the mopane a favourite, however, they have been observed eating insects.
Colouring: The colour of the upper parts of the body between the white stripes are a dark buffy-yellow, darker on the mid-back and lighter on the head, which is a tinged rusty colour.
Breeding: The average litter is 2 juveniles and are born in tree holes or in dreys.
Size: Adults are some 30cm in total length with a mass of about 110g. The tail is slightly longer than the length of the head and the body.
Situated north-east of Grootfontein this serves as an gateway between the Caprivi and central Namibia
Around 80km north of Grootfontein this lodge acts as a gateway to Namibia's north east (the Kavango & Zambezi Region)
A satellite camp to Fiume Lodge, the Bush Camp requires a minimum two night stay and is the base for top quality guided excursions to visit a local Bushman / San community
Ten kilometers outside of Otavi this lodge offers a relaxing environment and is ideal for walkers, wildlife enthusiasts and birders
Initially a Christian mission station this property was converted into a lodge in 1999. The Ghaub caves nearby are well worth a visit
Horse riding, game and beautiful surroundings are just some of the reasons to stay at this lodge
A convenient stop close to Otavi
Large resort offering a restaurant, bar and olympic sized pool in Tsumeb
Situated near the center of Tsumeb this is a popular hotel.
A courtyard atmosphere, traditional garden and German cuisine can be found at this Tsumeb hotel.
Close encounters of the wild side - experience the Namibian veld on foot with Bruno, an enigmatic & knowledgeable guide
10 peaceful chalets provide accommodation at this lodge just north of Otavi
a campsite in a rural setting 80km north of Grootfontein on the main road towards Rundu & the Zambezi Region
Basic accommodation just a few kilometers from the town of Grootfontein
An eclectic lodge, allows for visits to a San community as well as offering reasonably priced overnight accommodation
Situated 20km west of Tsumeb
Between Otavi and Tsumeb.