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South African Wildlife
South Africa’s animal wildlife is the most amazing wildlife in the whole world. Enjoy more and more animals here as we feature them in our promotions to help create awareness. We love South Africa and its wildlife.
Occupying the southern tip of the African Continent, South Africa presents one of the world’s natural gems. An incredible diversity of landscapes makes this country an ideal home for thousands of animal species, including exciting predators, mammals and reptiles.
While admiring the representatives of rich South African wildlife flying high in the air or roaming the grounds, you might be unaware there’s also tons of activity taking place right below your feet.
Is it a bird, is it a plane, is it the Superman? When in South Africa, there’s no question what you’ll see when you look up into the sky. Cuckoos, owls, woodhoopoes, hornbills, kingfishers, barbets, falcons, parrots, cormorants, eagles… You name it, there’s a good chance we’ve got it. About as many as 850 bird species have been recorded in this country, out of which over 700 are residents and about 50 can only be found in South Africa.
The Scrub Hare is endemic to southern Africa and it can be found pretty much everywhere, except for the Namib Desert. As you'd expect, their preferred habitat is scrub, tall grasslands and savanna woodlands. You will recognise them by grey fur with small black spots which is covering their backs, and white bellies. They’ve got small, black and white, stubby tails and patches of red-brown fur behind the long ears. Same as with Cape Hare, females are normally larger than the males.
If you see big balls of fur with fluffy tails hopping among the rocks and boulders, you’re probably in the company of a Red Rock Hare. Reddish brown in colour, with thick and wooly coat and bushy tail, it belongs to one of species variations which are very similar to each other. Smith's Red Rock Hare is the smallest of them, populating hills in the Free State, southern KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern and Western Cape. Jameson’s Red Rock Hares occur in the north-east of South Africa, while Hewitt's Red Rock Hare is a widely distributed species found in the southern and eastern regions of South Africa, as well as Lesotho and western Swaziland. Natal Red Rock Hare appears to be endemic to the Eastern Cape Province, Natal, eastern Lesotho, Swaziland and southern Mozambique.
Let’s start our story with a wide-spread and abundant species, the Cape Hare. While today it’s widely distributed in the western and central regions of South Africa, the original specimen actually came from the Cape of Good Hope. Cape Hare is a picture-perfect representative of the bunny every kid will recognise, with the long ears and large eyes, long back legs and a small fluffy tail, light brown to reddish in colour. As is the case with many of its relatives, female hares are larger and heavier than their male companions.
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