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Aloe: Aloe (Aloe spp.) - this large family (over 150 species) is generally easily recognisably by their pointed, spiny leaves which form a rosette around the stem, and the bright cone-shaped, reddish-orangy flowers...    READ MORE  

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Baobab: Baobab (Adansonia digitata) – these magnificent trees are also called the ‘upside-down-tree’ and ‘cream of tartar’ tree...    READ MORE  

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Eagle: South Africa has 17 true eagles which can be identified by having feathers which extend all the way down their legs to their feet...    READ MORE  

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Fern: Ferns - South Africa has around 260 fern species which are mostly confined to mountainous areas and along river courses...    READ MORE  

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Hawk: The family Accipitridae contains the goshawks, harriers, sparrowhawks and hawks...    READ MORE  

Hippo: Hippo or Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibious)...    READ MORE  

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Leopard: Leopard (Panthera pardus)...    READ MORE  

Lion: Lion (Panthera leo) – The oft named ‘King of the Beasts’ was once widespread across sub-Saharan Africa but is now confined to national parks, game reserves and some private properties...    READ MORE  

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Monitor: Monitor Lizard (Varanus albigularis) – often called the Leguvaan in South Africa, the White-throated Monitor is the second largest lizard found on the African continent...    READ MORE  

Monkey: Samango Monkey (Cercopithecus mitis). While the scientific classification is still being clarified, two subspecies are generally recognised...    READ MORE  

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Protea: Protea (Protea spp.) - South Africa's national flower is prized globally for its decorative properties with 81 species being recorded in horticulture...    READ MORE  

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Rhino: There are five rhino species in the work of which the White Rhino and the Black Rhino occur on the African continent...    READ MORE  

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Seal: The Cape Fur Seal, also known as Brown Fur Seal (Arctocephalus pusillus) occurs along the South African coastline from Port Elizabeth westwards up to northern Namibia.    READ MORE  

Shark: The Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) is found in all major oceans and commonly associated with the movie Jaws...    READ MORE  

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Tortoise: South African has the richest diversity of tortoises in the world...    READ MORE  

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Wild dog: Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus), also known as the Cape Hunting Dog or Painted Wolf...    READ MORE  

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Zebra: South Africa has two main types of zebra - those that dwell on plains (Plains Zebra (Equus burchelli) and those that live in mountainous regions (Hartmann's Mountain Zebra (E. zebra hartmannae) and Cape Mountain Zebra (E. z. zebra))...    READ MORE  

The CITES Species Appendices

Appendices I, II and III to the Convention are lists of species afforded different levels or types of protection from over-exploitation...    READ MORE