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Woodland Dormouse

wildlife of Namibia

Introduction: The woodland dormouse (Graphiurus murinus) live in family groups in either large trees or thick vegetation covering rocks. Although they look harmless, they are very aggressive in nature. Adults will often invade a neighbours nest, attack and eat the young, before moving their own family in. Family groups are extremely territorial and will eat intruders from other groups of dormice, after a session of vicious fighting. Apart from that, they're very peaceful. They have been known to become tame, if living near homesteads.

Distribution: Most of Namibia including the Skeleton Coast area of the Namib Desert, but not in the south-west of the country.

Diet: Insects, seeds and fruit. They will hibernate in the winter when food becomes scarce.

Colouring: Dark grey fur on the upper body with a pale neck. The tail is bushy and dark on top.

Breeding: 4 or 5 young are born in the summer months, dropped in a nest consisting of grass and leaves.

Wildlife Namibia

Cape Cross Lodge

Wonderfully situated remote lodge - directly on the beach near the Cape Cross seal colony

Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp

An upmarket lodge on the Skeleton Coast - only visit-able as part of a fly in safari.

Terrace Bay

Accommodation in the Skeleton Coast, really catering for fisherman but hardened visitors who absolutely have to spend a few nights inside the Skeleton Coast Park may choose to stay here

Torra Bay

A campsite in the Skeleton Coast Park, popular with fisherman during the summer holidays

Fly Drive Safari | Namibia