Karoo Desert NBG: Wildlife & Biodiversity

The Karoo Desert NBG is home to several interesing animal species. The biggest variety of animals can be seen in the cultivated section of the Garden, but if you want to spot one of the larger mammals there are two hiking trails, the Grysbokkie trail and the Shale trail, in the natural area where one is more likely to see the larger mammals in the early mornings or late afternoons.

Below are some of the animals you might see in the Garden.

Mammals

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  • Small grey mongoose (Galerella pulverulenta)
  • Scrub hare (Lepus saxatilis)
  • Cape grysbok (Raphicerus melanotis)
  • Caracal (Felis caracal)
  • The nocturnal Cape porcupine (Hystrix africaeaustralis)

Reptiles

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  • Angulate Tortoise (Chersina angulata)
  • Leopard Tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis)
  • Parrot beaked Padloper (Homopus areolatus)
  • Robertson Dwarf Chameleon (Bradypodion gutturale)

Birds

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  • Gymnogene (Polyboroides typus)
  • Klaas Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx klaas)
  • Cape Francolin (Pternistes capensis)

Ninety-five bird species have been identified in the Garden so far. The new 1 km Desert Birds trail is a must for bird lovers. The storyboards on the trail cover various related topics such as feather and flight, gardening for birds and how climate change affects arid zone birds.

Download the Karoo Desert NBG Bird Checklist

Pollinators

The most important animals in the Karoo Desert NBG are the little ones like the bees, beetles, butterflies and the small sunbirds. These pollinators make it possible to give visitors a spectacular display of flowers year after year.

For the latest animal species list of the Garden, send your request via email to karoo-desert-nbg@sanbi.org.za.

 

 

Last updated on 04 November 2013