The wildlife on Table Mountain
At first sight Table Mountain may appear a pretty barren lump of rock that would be unable to support too much wildlife. However there is a multitude of wildlife on Table Mountain, some very rarely seen but some have become quite used to human presence and are often seen by hikers on the mountain. One of the most adaptable orders seems to be the rodents. And when I say rodent please don’t just think of disease carrying rats. Rodents are identified as animals that have continually growing incisor teeth that need to be worn down through continuous gnawing. It is a hugely varied order with 40% of mammal species in the world being rodents!
Here are just some of the rodent species that I see on Table Mountain quite regularly.
The striped mouse is a lovely little rodent. Easily distinguished by its dark dorsal stripe. Although it naturally feeds mainly on seeds, it has become accustomed to foraging in areas where people regularly eat. It is believed that at least 20 Protea species are pollinated by various mouse species. A fact that was only discovered in the late 1970’s.