11-8-11nPhoto: N. Sincero 2011, Scat Wrangler: S. Sumrall, Scat Courtesy of the Academy Docents

This scat may be found in southeastern Africa, most likely near high-quality grassland and water. You would be quite likely to find it in a conservation area, because over 80% of the estimated total population lives on some form of protected land. The dung’s components may vary, from digested grasses to remnants of fruits, flowers, twigs and leaves.

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