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Fauna | Wildlife

  • Fauna of the lower slopes

    The lower slopes of the Drakensberg support much wildlife, perhaps most importantly are:

    The Drakensberg is home to large herds of grazing and antelopes such as:

    Endemic species include a large number of chameleons and other reptiles. There is one endemic frog, Forest Rain Frog (Breviceps sylvestris), and four more that are found mainly in these mountains:

    • Long-toed Tree Frog (Leptopelis xenodactylus)
    • Plaintive Rain Frog (Breviceps maculatus)
    • Rough Rain Frog (Breviceps verrucosus)
    • Poynton's Caco (Cacosternum poyntoni)
  • Fauna of the high peaks

    The Drakensberg area is "home to 299 recorded bird species"' making up "37% of all non-marine avian species in Southern Africa."

    Notable bird species found in the Drakensberg are:

    Mammals include:

    Endemic species include three frogs found in the mountain streams:

    • Drakensberg River Frog, (Amietia dracomontana)
    • Phofung River Frog (Amietia vertebralis)
    • Maluti River Frog (Amietia umbraculata)

    Fish are found in the many rivers and streams including:

    • Maluti Redfin (Pseudobarbus quathlambae) which was thought to be extinct but has been found in the Senqunyane River in Lesotho. Breeding stock can be found at Sethlabathebe National Park.
    • Brown Trout
    • Rainbow Trout