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Species Checklist

Species Checklist

The diversity boggles the mind: Wildebeests, kudus, warthogs, elephants, scrub hares, leopards, baboons, monkeys, kori bustards, herons, hornbills, monitors, tortoises, crocodiles. And that's just the short list of the myriad wildlife you'll find scampering, skittering, splashing, and "oh, yes" drinking at Pete's Pond. Print the checklist and mark off each animal as you read its WildCard or see it live via WildCam. The key indicates the frequency of sightings at the pond. So as not to forget the seasonal, stationary wildlife around Pete's Pond, we've thrown in a few trees for fun.

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Zero Paws - Very Unlikely, One Paw - Unlikely, Two Paws - Scarce, Three Paws - Good Chance, Four Paws - Likely, Five Paws - Very Likely

Hoofed Mammals:

Impala (Aepyceros melampus) Five Paws - Very Likely
Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus) Five Paws - Very Likely
Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus) Three Paws - Good Chance
Common Duiker (Sylvicapra grimmia) Three Paws - Good Chance
Eland (Tragelaphus oryx) Three Paws - Good Chance
Klipspringer (Oreotragus oreotragus) Two Paws - Scarce
Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) Five Paws - Very Likely
Steenbok (Raphicerus campestris) Two Paws - Scarce
Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus) Four Paws - Likely
Plains Zebra (Equus burchelli) Five Paws - Very Likely
Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) Three Paws - Good Chance
Warthog (Phacochoerus aethiopicus) Five Paws - Very Likely
Bushpig (Potamocheorus porcus) One Paw - Unlikely

Other Mammals:

Elephant (Loxodorta africana) Five Paws - Very Likely
Scrub Hare (Lepus saxatilis) Three Paws - Good Chance
Yellow-spotted Rock Dassie (Heterohyrax brucei) One Paw - Unlikely
Tree Squirrel (Paraxerus cepapi) Five Paws - Very Likely
Springhare (Pedetes capensis) One Paw - Unlikely
Antbear or Aardvark (Orycteropus afer) Zero Paws - Very Unlikely
Cape Porcupine (Hystrix africaeaustralis) Two Paws - Scarce


Bat-eared Fox (Otocyon megalotis) Two Paws - Scarce
Black-backed Jackal (Canis mesomelas) Three Paws - Good Chance
African Wild Cat (Felis lybica) Two Paws - Scarce
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) One Paw - Unlikely
Leopard (Panthera pardus) Two Paws - Scarce
Lion (Panthera leo) Two Paws - Scarce
Aardwolf (Proteles cristatus) Zero Paws - Very Unlikely
Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta) Two Paws - Scarce
Honey Badger (Mellivora capensis) Zero Paws - Very Unlikely
African Civet (Civettictis civetta) One Paw - Unlikely
Large-spotted Genet (Genetta tigrina) Three Paws - Good Chance
Banded Mongoose (Mungos mungo) Four Paws - Likely
Slender Mongoose (Galerella sanguinea) Three Paws - Good Chance


Chacma Baboon (Papio ursinus) Five Paws - Very Likely
Vervet Monkey (Cercopithecus aethiops) Five Paws - Very Likely
Lesser Bush Baby (Galago senegalensis) One Paw - Unlikely


Kori Bustard (Ardeotis kori) Four Paws - Likely
White-breasted Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) Three Paws - Good Chance
Natal Francolin (Francolinus natalensis) Four Paws - Likely
Helmeted Guinea Fowl (Numida meleagris) Five Paws - Very Likely
Hammerkop (Scopus umbretta) Three Paws - Good Chance
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) One Paw - Unlikely
Yellow-billed Hornbill (Tockus leucomelas) Four Paws - Likely
Hadeda Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash) Two Paws - Scarce
Ostrich (Struthio camelus) Five Paws - Very Likely
Red-billed Buffalo Weaver (Bubalornis niger) Four Paws - Likely
Meves's Starling (Lamprotornis mevesii ) Four Paws - Likely


Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) Zero Paws - Very Unlikely
Leopard Tortoise (Geochelone pardalis) Three Paws - Good Chance
Water Monitor Lizard (Veranus niloticus) Four Paws - Likely
Serrated Hinged Terrapin (Pelusios sinuatus) Three Paws - Good Chance


Leadwood (Combretum imberbe) Zero Paws - Very Unlikely
Umbrella Thorn (Acacia tortilis) Zero Paws - Very Unlikely
Baobab (Adansonia digitata) Zero Paws - Very Unlikely
Shepherd's Tree (Boscia albitrunca) Zero Paws - Very Unlikely
Mopane (Colospermum mopane) Zero Paws - Very Unlikely
Mashatu (Xanthocercis zambesiaca) Zero Paws - Very Unlikely


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