South Africa is extremely blessed with the world's largest variety of wildlife. Its superlative list of unique animals has well-over 400 reptiles, 229 mammal species and 800 bird species. South Africa is renowned for a lot of its animals but mostly because of its mammal species.
Out of all of the mammals that exist in South Africa, the five best known mammals are buffalos, elephants, lions, rhinos and leopards. Then again, thanks to there being an endless amount of animals found throughout South Africa, it would not be fair to declare the listed five mammals as the best known in South Africa. The various regions of South Africa contain unique families of wildlife. From, zebras to hyenas, apes, warthogs, tigers, giraffes
and so many more, the immense amount of wildlife is the advantage that South Africa holds over other continents.
South Africa is buried neck-deep with unique animals. For some animals, living life in South Africa is far from easy. The conditions in various parts of South Africa are harsher than others. Nevertheless, there are five main habitat types in South Africa -- Karoo, savannah, grassland, Forest and Fynbos. The mammals, especially the big cats, suffer the most and more frequently. When there is a drought, the water and food supply diminishes quickly. Therefore, several animals are now endangered. Lions are the most popular. They are found throughout South Africa. However, the biggest problems they face are people and their weapons. More now than in the past, lions mainly reside in conservation areas. However, as a whole, South Africa's wildlife is thriving and offers visitors an experience of a lifetime. For a long time, the bigger animals dominated much of the world's attention. Nowadays, the smaller animals, such as, the elephant shrews, are gaining more and more attention than ever before.
South Africa is covered with a lot of animals that have been in existence for centuries. As the population in South Africa continues to increase, the habitats reserved for the various wildlife are slowly being taken over. Nevertheless, the wide range of animals are spreaded all across the extraordinary landscape of South Africa.