Animals

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    09 February 2015

    The Cape Weaver is endemic to South Africa and Lesotho.

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    26 January 2015

    Leopards have the largest distribution of any wild cat.

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    12 January 2015

    It is one of the most sought-after invertebrates, both legally and illegally, in the country.

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    02 January 2015

    The African mantis is a good ambush predator.

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    15 December 2014

    Honeybees are used to pollinate about 50 crops across South Africa.

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    01 December 2014

    A common belief is that rain frogs bring rain, but they are actually brought out by rainy weather.

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    19 November 2014

    Meerkats depend on group cooperation to survive.

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    05 November 2014

    The genus, Smaug, is named after the dragon in J.R.R. Tolkien's ‘The Hobbit’.

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    27 October 2014

    Elephants are considered ecosystem engineers.

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    14 October 2014

    The Spotted Eagle-Owl is the most common large owl in southern Africa.

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    22 September 2014

    Paired for life, bonding plays a significant role in their daily lives.

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    04 September 2014

    Widespread in southern Africa, it is associated with termite mounds.

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    26 August 2014

    The Table Mountain ghost frog has a small and restricted natural range of less than nine square kilometres.

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    14 August 2014

    This bird has a distinctive grey, black and white plumage with a pinkish wash on the chest and belly.

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    03 August 2014

    The African penguin is classified as Endangered by the IUCN Red List.

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    15 July 2014

    This large and robust, nocturnal mongoose is found throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

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    02 July 2014

    The giant plated lizard is the second largest lizard species found in South Africa, after the monitor lizard.

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    17 June 2014

    Even though these animals are called millipedes, they don’t have a thousand legs; most of the species have between 36 and 400 legs.

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    02 June 2014

    The black girdled lizard is locally abundant in rocky areas from sea level up to mountain tops, in the Cape Peninsula, Western Cape.

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    19 May 2014

    The current conservation status of the Little Karoo dwarf chameleon is Least Concern, but because of its small and restricted range, it is becoming increasingly threatened by habitat loss.

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