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In response to reports claiming that part of the ability of mole-rats (Bathyergidae) to orientate with respect to the geomagnetic field involves orientation of their burrow systems in a southward direction, we measured the orientation of burrows of the Damara mole-rat, Cryptomys damarensis, in the Kalahari Desert. It was found that burrow orientation was not significantly different from that expected for a random distribution of compass orientations.