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Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Amphibians, Insects and Arachnids

The fauna of southern Africa, like the landscapes and vegetation, is hugely diverse. Most people are well aware of the spectacular wildlife of this part of the world, but fewer are familiar with the region's birds, small animals and insects.


A juvenile Gabar Goshawk, Melierax gabar, perched with tail spread in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Northern Cape, South Africa


Alert Impala, Aepyceros melampos, does emerging from bush in the Kruger National Park, Limpopo, South Africa


A Painted Reed Frog, Hyperolius marmoratus, perched on a Crinum campanulatum flower in summer in a seasonal pan near Peddie, Eastern Cape, South Africa


A Tree Squirrel, Paraxerus cepapi, eating the seeds of a Wild Cucumber, Cucumis anguria, Kruger National Park, Limpopo, South Africa


A Honey Bee, Apis mellifera, in a Suikerbossie, Protea repens, flowerhead in autumn at Kirstenbosch, Cape Peninsula, South Africa


A juvenile Lanner Falcon, Falco biarmicus, perched with wings open and tail feathers spread in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Northern Cape, South Africa


A Lilac-breasted Roller, Coracias caudatus, perched on a Mopane, Colophospermum mopane, branch with dead leaves, Kruger National Park, Limpopo, South Africa


A Wattled Crane, Grus carunculatus, preening at the Crane Sanctuary at Hlatikulu in the KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg, South Africa


A leopard, Panthera pardus, lying on the branch of a large tree in the shade of the gallery forest along the Luvuvhu River near Pafuri in the northern Kruger National Park, Limpopo, South Africa


Springbok, Antidorcas marsupialis, at dawn kicking up dust, digging for roots and bulbs in the dry Auob Riverbed in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Northern Cape, South Africa