the upper cable station you will find Table Mountain's most frequently sighted
mammal, the dassie, or hyrax. They are usually found near areas where tourists
may discard or unfortunately supply food. Please do not encourage them by feeding
them. Dassies have to be particularly careful in autumn, when the eagles are rearing
their chicks, as they are the Black Eagle's (verreaux's) favourite food.
Mountain you will also find porcupines, grysbok, mongooses, snakes and tortoises.
The rooikat (caracal) and the vaalboskat (African Wild Cat), who are nocturnal
carnivores, were once common the mountain. Sadly the status of the vaalboskat
is uncertain, however, the rooikat is occasionally seen by mountaineers.
the last lion seen on Table Mountain was in 1802, and although many books state
that the last leopard was driven out by 1870, leopard tracks can still be found