Do Genets Have a Sweet Tooth? | Londolozi Blog

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Guy Brunskill

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Guy grew up in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal. From a young age he visited the bush each holiday. It was during these early years that his passion and interest was ignited for this incredible environment. After school he gained a marketing degree from Stellenbosch ...

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R Jr Caromna
Explorer

Nice interesting article. Thanks!

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Loved this blog Guy. An interesting read.

Ian Hall
Master Tracker

Fascinating, Africa is always full of surprises

Leslie Kaye
Explorer

Very interesting about the Genets … handsome animal…pollination …. very important topic for balanced eco system. I never heard of them before …thanks for the post….appreciate reading every day if my work day does not interfere!

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

How fascinating! I knew nothing of these little animals, their habits or effects on the ecosystem. And what a tail! Like the leopard, I assume their very long tail helps with balance when climbing a tree. Nor was I aware that most meat eating animals were unable to taste sweetness. You have done a great job, Guy. My thanks!

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Guy, I saved white tipped🤗 I saved the genet🤗

Andrew and Daniel Bolnick
Digital Tracker

Fascinating animal. It takes everyone of the different species to make this all work. Thanks for highlighting the Genet

Marcia Parker
Digital Ranger

Interesting read and nice photo of the genet in the tree. Thanks!

Christa Blessing
Digital Tracker

Very interesting article. I love genets.

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

Very interesting! Such special little creatures!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

This was such interesting reading Guy, and an animal I’d really like to see. When looking at its photo, the head is rather fox-like attached to a lean feline body, quite exotic. As far as larger cats go, I’ve wondered if in lean food times, they’d resort to nibbling on vegetation for some type of sustenance-or perhaps their digestive systems won’t tolerate fruits/vegetation.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

I really enjoyed reading more about genets, Guy. There was a family of genets living near our lodge at Phinda and we often saw them at night while we were having dinner, seemingly interested in the food, the smells or ?? If I’d read your blog beforehand, I would have paid more attention to whether it was the food!

Linda Rawles
Senior Digital Ranger

Thank you for this – I love the small mammals, which are so often ignored. When I (hopefully) come back in November, for my 4th visit to Londo, I hope I am lucky enough to see one!

Michael and Terri Klauber
Guest contributor

Guy, thanks for another great story. There’s a lot to be said about the little guys too!

Cally Staniland
Senior Digital Ranger

So interesting Guy, having never seen one it’s great to have so much info to chew on. Hopefully one day, when back in SA I might get lucky. 🙏❤️

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

What are the main threats to genets, Guy?

Ann Richardson Berg
Senior Digital Ranger

Hi Guy! Very interesting to read your blog about Genets. Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing!

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

A friend of ours in Natal found a Lesser Spotted Genet in a cage and being rather badly treated. She got it released to her and took it to a wonderful Private Reserve outside Howick which was also residential to people who bought shares in it. We were staying with them and she said every night “Slinky”, the wild genet, would come for a little bit of supper which they brought out on the patio for her. It was usually a bit of chicken and cat biscuits. No-one could get a photo of her as she was very shy. However, my husband, Neil, hid behind a glass door on to the patio which kept open especially that evening, and got a lovely picture of Slinky with a flash. Sheer luck he says! Wendy M

Paul Canales
Digital Tracker

Fascinating post Guy! Thanks for the research and information share!

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