Animals and plants
Recent roadworks in South Africa's Eastern Cape have uncovered a priceless assemblage of
unique fossils, many of them previously undocumented species. The find confirms the area as an
important global palaeontological hub.
Thirty three lions rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia have arrived safely in South Africa. Animal Defenders International saved the animals and transported them to their new home, Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in Limpopo.
South Africa has a vast system of natural reserves to protect indigenous plants, animals, landscapes and cultural heritage. They range from the vast flagship Kruger National Park – larger than some countries – to the tiny Bontebok National Park in the Western Cape.
There's more to South African wildlife than the celebrated "Big Five". From big to
small, meat eater to ant eater, primate to reptile ... our animals (and birds) are wild,
varied and abundant.
South Africa's large areas of semi-desert scrub and grassland might suggest a
certain poverty of plant life. Aside from the fact that a tract of pristine grassland
can hold up to 60 grass species, nothing could be further from the truth.
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is one of the jewels of South Africa's coastline, with a
unique mosaic of ecosystems - swamps, lakes, beaches, coral reefs, wetlands,
woodlands, coastal forests and grasslands - supporting an astounding diversity of
animal, bird and marine life.
South Africa ranks as one of the top birding destinations in the world, offering an
unbeatable combination of variety of birds, well-developed transport networks, and
a user-friendly and supportive birding tourism industry.