The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Tree Squirrel

Afrikaans name: Boomeekhoring

Tree Squirrels near Letaba

Tree Squirrels are common in Kruger National Park

Photo © Steven Herbert

Paraxerus cepapi

Interesting facts about Tree Squirrels

The Tree Squirrel is also known as the Yellow-footed or Smith's Bush Squirrel. Squirrels are one of the cuter members of the rodent family.

They are found over a wide area from South Africa to Tanzania.

They are active during the day time and are commonly seen in some areas like camp sites in Kruger National Park. At night small family groups of Tree Squirrel shelter in holes in tree trunks.

Squirrels are predominantly vegetarian and their main food is seeds. They will, however, eat insects as well.

Tree Squirrels are territorial and will chase their young away when they become sexually mature. Although the male squirrel is mainly responsible for defending their territory the female does do it as well.

Tree squirrels may be seen on the ground or in trees. When startled they will quickly make their way up a tree until danger has passed.

Tree Squirrel at Berg-en-Dal Camp, Kruger National Park

Photo © Steven Herbert

References and further reading

Wild Ways - 2nd Edition - Author: Peter Apps - Published: 2000 - Page: 55

Wildlife of Southern Africa - Author: Martin Withers and David Hosking - Published: 2011 - Page: 198

Tracks and Tracking in Southern Africa - Author: Louis Liebenberg - Published: 2000 - Page: 42

Southern African Wildlife - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1989 - Page: 90

The Mammal Guide of Southern Africa - 2nd Edition - Author: Burger Cillie - Published: 2011 - Page: 194

Signs of the Wild - 3rd Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Published: 1986 - Page: 33

Signs of the Wild - 5th Edition - Author: Clive Walker - Published: 1996 - Page: 40

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southe - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Published: 1991 - Page: 420

Mammals of the Kruger and other National Parks - Author: The National Parks Board - Published: 1980 - Page: 154

Mammals of Southern Africa - Author: Burger Cillie - Published: 1987 - Page: 163

Land Mammals of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Reay HN Smithers - Published: 1986 - Page: 66

Game Ranger in your Backpack - Author: Megan Emmett and Sean Pattrick - Published: 2013 - Page: 78

Kruger National Park Questions and Answers - Author: P.F. Fourie - Published: 1987 - Page: 331

Field Guide to the Mammals of the Kruger National Park - Author: U. de V. Pienaar et al. - Published: 1987 - Page: 144

Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 3rd Edition - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 2001 - Page: 90

Chris and Tilde Stuarts Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa - 1st Edit - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1988 - Page: 90

Animals of the Kruger National Park - Author: G. de Graaff - Published: 1987 - Page: 48

A Field Guide to the Tracks & Signs of Southern and East African Wildlife - 3rd - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 2000 - Page: 52


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