South Africa

The beautiful large-spotted Genet sits at night on a rock looking into the camera. Its tail is to the left showing us its stripes. The Genet rests in trees, caves, and even in the thick bush during the daytime.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 16 July, 2023

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This photograph was captured with a X-H1 and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/6.4
  • Exposure time: 1/2s
  • ISO: 6400
  • Focal Length: 140mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 6000 by 4000 pixels (WxH).

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The beautiful large-spotted Genet we also call the Cape genet. It is a common animal in Southern Africa. The Genet rests in trees, caves, and even in the thick bush during the daytime. However, at night they get active and go looking for sleeping birds, small mammals, insects, and occasionally fruit.

It has a long body, large ears, and a long tail. A Genet is mostly active for a few hours, during sunset and after, as well as before sunrise. The large-spotted Genet is primarily a solitary animal, except during the mating season. This species can live up to 15 years of age.

This magnificent large-spotted Genet visited us while we were sitting outside on the terrace of our accommodation in northern Kruger National Park. We had a BBQ going while the large-spotted Genet was trying to steal some food from our table.

The visit from this magnificent animal went on for our whole stay at this accommodation. It chose this large rock to sit and watch us from a close range. These visits gave me an excellent opportunity to capture this photograph of the Genet sitting on a rock.

Large-spotted Genet, Genetta tigrina, is a common species, therefore not threatened.

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1 comment for Large-Spotted Genet At Night

  1. Clare

    What a great night photo of this beautiful large spotted genet!

    • Anette Mossbacher

      This wild animal just placed itself beside our BBQ. Thank you 😊

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