Among many of the fun aspects of driving through the drier regions of this country – and especially in the open savanna or grassland – is to be greeted by one of these curious creatures at the side of the road.

This Cape Ground Squirrel almost seemed pleased to have company.

Always on the alert, she swished her tail and wrinkled her nose delicately.

As the afternoon sun was hot, she shaded herself with her tail.

Turning to show us how effective it was.

In a flash she was up on her hind legs again – scanning her surroundings for danger.

Then she rushed off to the other side of the road, giving me a quick glimpse of the top of her bushy tail as she disappeared under our vehicle.


  1. Sweet! She looks like a cross between our prairie dog and gray squirrel. (Our PD has short stubby tails, but rear up like that to scan). It amazes me how some creatures on our two continents look like they came from common ancestors long ago in Pangea.


  2. Such delightful photos – I love how she looks almost coy in the second photo, and isn’t it gratifying to be able to photograph her demonstrating the effective use of her parasol tail?


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