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Mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds

  • April 29, 2017
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A wonderful world of wildlife

From elephants to big cats; from crocodiles to pythons; from scores of frog, fish and insect species to hundreds of bird species – the Greater Kruger National Park promises visitors a unique wildlife experience.

Here are the common and scientific names of some of our planet’s wildest, weirdest and most wonderful creatures that visitors may encounter (scroll down):

Mammal Species

African Buffalo – Syncerus caffer
African Civet – Civettictis civetta
African Elephant – Loxodonta africana
African Wild Dog – Lycaon pictus
African yellow bat – Scotophilus dinganii
Banded Mongoose – Mungos mungo
Black Rhino – Diceros bicornis subsp. minor
Black-backed Jackal – Canis mesomelas
Blue wildebeest – Connochaetes taurinus
Burchell’s Zebra – Equus burcehlli
Bushbuck – Tragelaphus scriptus
Bushpig – Potamochoerus larvatus
Cane rat – Thryonomys swinderianus
Cape clawless otter – Aonix capensis
Cape serotine bat – Neoromicia capensis
Caracal – Caracal caracal
Chacma Baboon – Papio ursinus
Cheetah – Acinonyx jubatus
Common Reedbuck – Redunca redunca
Dwarf mongoose – Helogale parvula
Giraffe – Giraffa camelopardalis
Greater bushbaby – Otolemur crassicaudatus
Grey Duiker – Sylvicapra grimmia
Hippopotamus – Hippopotamus amphibius
Honey badger – Melivora capensis
Impala – Aepyceros melampus
Kudu – Tragelaphus strepsiceros
Leopard – Panthera pardus
Lesser bushbaby – Galago moholi
Lion – Panthera leo
Nyala – Tragelaphus angasii
Porcupine – Hystrix africaeaustralis
Scaly Anteater – Manis temminckii
Scrub Hare – Lepus saxatilis
Serval – Leptailurus serval
Sharp’s Grysbok – Raphicerus sharpei
Side-Striped Jackal – Canis adustus
Small spotted Genet – Genetta genetta
Southern White Rhino – Ceratotherium simum
Spotted hyena – Crocuta crocuta
Spring Hare – Pedetes capensis
Steenbuck – Raphicerus campestris
Tree squirrel – Paraxerus cepapi
Ververt Monkey – Chlorocebus phygerythrus
Wahlberg’s epauletted fruit bat – Epomophorus wahlbergi
Warthog – Phacochoerus africanus
Water mongoose – Atilax paludinosus
Waterbuck – Kobus ellipsiprymnus
White-tailed mongoose – Ichneunia albicauda

Reptile Species

Bibron’s Stiletto Snake – Atractaspis bibronii
Bibron’s Thicktoed Gecko – Pachydactylus bibronii
Black-lined Plated Lizard – Gerrhosaurus nigrolineatus
Black and Yellow Sand Lizard – Heliobolus lugubris
Black Mamba – Dendroaspis polylepis
Blotched Centipede Eater – Aparallactus l. lunulatus
Boomslang = Dispholidus t. typus
Brown House Snake – Lamprophis f. fuliginosis
Cape Centipede Eater – Aparallactus capensis
Cape Wolf Snake – Lycophidion c. capense
Common African Python – Python sebae natalensis
Common Dwarf Gecko – Lygodactylus c. capensis
Common Egg-eater – Dasypeltis scabra
Common Striped Skink – Mabuya s. striata
Common Variable Skink – Mabuya varia varia
Distant’s Spiny Agama – Agama aculeata distanti
Dwarf Sand Snake – Psammophis angolensis
Eastern Tiger Snake – Telescopus s. semiannulatus
Egyptian Cobra – Naja haja annulifera
Flap-Necked Chameleon – Chamaeleo d. dilepis
Giant Blind Snake – Typhlops s. schlegelii
Giant Legless Skink – Acontias plumbeus
Giant Plated Lizard – Gerrhosaurus v. validus
Jone’s Girdled Lizard – Cordylus tropidosternum jonesii
Lebombo Shield Snake – Aspidelaps scutatus intermedius
Leopard Tortoise – Stigmochelys pardalis
Long-tailed Worm Snake – Leptotyphlops longicaudus
Marsh Terrapin – Pelomedusa subrufa
Mozambique Spitting Cobra – Naja mossambica
Nile Crocodile – Crocodylus niloticus
Nile Monitor – Varanus n. niloticus
Olive Grass Snake – Psammophis phillipsii
Ornate Scrub Lizard – Nucras taeniolata ornata
Puff adder – Bitis a. arietans
Rainbow Rock Skink – Mabuya quinquetaeniata margaritifer
Red-lipped Snake – Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia
Rough-scaled Sand Lizard – Ichnotropis squamulosa
Serated Hinged Terrapin – Pelusios sinuatus
Snouted Night Adder – Causus defilippii
Southeastern Green Snake – Philothamnus hoplogaster
Southern Vine Snake – Thelotornis c. capensis
Speke’s hinged Tortoise – Kinixys spekii
Striped Bellied Sand Snake – Psammophis subtaeniatus subtaeniatus
Sundeval’s Writhing Skink – Lygosoma sundevallii
Tawny Plated Lizard – Gerrhosaurus m. major
Three-lined Grass Snake – Psammophylax tritaeniatus
Tree Agama – Acantocercus atricollis
Tropical House Gecko – Hemidactylus m. mabouia
Two-toed Burrowing Skink – Scelotes bidigitatus
Van Son’s Thicktoed Gecko – Pachydactylus c. vansoni
Variegated Bush Snake – Philothamnus s. semivariegatus
Wahlberg’s Snake-eyed Skink – Panaspis Wahlbergii
Wahlberg’s Velvety Gecko – Homopholis wahlbergii
White-throated Monitor – Varanus exanthematicus albigularis
Yellow-throated Plated Lizard – Gerrhosaurus flavigularis

Amphibian species

Northern Platanna – Xenopus meulleri
Common Toad – Bufo gutturalis
Northern Mottled Toad – Bufo garmeni
Red Toad – Schismaderma carens
Bushveld Rain Frog – Breviceps a. adspersus
Banded Rubber Frog – Phrynomantus bifasciatus
Lowveld Bullfrog Pyxicephalusa. edulis
Striped Pyxie – Tomopterna cryptotis
Marmorate Pyxie – Tomopterna marmorata
Natal Pyxie – Tomopterna natalensis
Common Rana – Rana angolensis
Ornate Frog – Hildebrandtia o. ornata
Plain Grass Frog – Ptychadena anchietae
Broad Banded Grass Frog – Ptychadena mossambica
Snoring Puddle Frog – Phrynobatrachus natalensis
Dwarf Puddle Frog – Phrynobatrachus mababiensis
Common Caco – Cacosternum boettgeri
Foam Nest Frog – Chiromantis xerampelina
Mottled Shovel-nosed Frog – Hemisus marmoratum
Mozambique Tree Frog – Leptopelis mossambicus
Bubbling Kassina – Kassina senegalensis
Golden Leaf-folding Frog – Afrixalus aureus
Water Lily Frog – Hyperolius pussilus
Painted Reed Frog – Hyperolius marmoratus taeniatus

Fish species

African Mottled Eel – Anguilla bengalensis labiata
Giant Mottled Eel – Anguilla marmorata
Longfin Eel – Anguilla mossambica
Orangefin Barb – Barbus eutaenia
Southern Churchill – Petrocephalus wesselsi
Three Spot Barb – Barbus trimaculatus
Longbeard Barb – Barbus unitaeniatus
Bowstripe Barb – Barbus viviparus
Sharptooth Catfish – Clarias gariepinus
Shortspine Sukkermouth – Chiloglanis paratus
Shortspine Sukkermouth – Chiloglanis pretoriae
River Goby – Glosogobius callidus
Tigerfish – Hydrocynus vitatus
Red eye Labeo – Labeo cylindricus
Leaden Labeo – Labeo molybdinus
Rednose Labeo – Labeo rosae
Silver Labeo – Labeo ruddi
Silver Robber – Micralestes acutidens
River Sardine – Mesobola brevianalis
Bulldog – Marcusenius macrolepidotus
Mozambique Tilapia – Oreochromis mossambicus
Canary Carp – Chetia flaviventris
Southern Mouthbrooder – Pseudocrenilabrus philander
Silver Catfish – Schilbe intermedius
Brown Squeaker – Synodontis zambezensis
Redbreast Tilapia – Tilapia rendalli
Banded Tilapia – Tilapia sparrmanii
Beira Barb – Barbus radiatus
Lowveld Largescale yellowfish – Labeobarbus marequensis
Straightfin Barb – Barbus paludinosus

Bird species

Ostrich – Struthio camelus
Dabchick – Tachybaptus ruficollis
Grey Heron – Ardea cinerea
Blackheaded Heron – Ardea melanocephala
Goliath Heron – Ardea goliath
Great White Egret – Egretta alba
Little Egret – Egretta garzetta
Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis
Squacco Heron – Ardeola ralloides
Green Backed Heron – Butorides striatus
Little Bittern – Ixobrychus minutus
Hamerkop – Scopus umbretta
White Stork – Ciconia ciconia
Black Stork – Ciconia nigra
Woollynecked Stork – Ciconia episcopus
Openbilled Stork – Amastomus lamelligerus
Saddle Billed Stork – Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis
Yellowbilled Stork – Mycteria ibis
Hadeda Ibis – Bostrychia hagedash
African Spoonbill – Platalea alba
Whitefaced Duck – Dendrocygna viduata`
Egyptian Goose – Alopochen aegyptiacus
Redbilled Teal – Anas erythrorhyncha
Knobbilled Duck – Sarkidiornis melanotos
Secretary Bird – Sagittarius serpentarius
Hooded Vulture – Necrosyrtes monachus
Cape Vulture – Gyps coprotheres
Whitebacked Vulture – Gyps africanus
Lappetfaced Vulture – Torgos tracheliotus
Whiteheaded Vulture – Trigonoceps occipitalis
Yellow Billed Kite
Black Kite – Milvus migrans
Blackshouldered Kite – Elanus caeruleus
Tawny Eagle – Aquila rapax
Steppe Eagle – Aquila nipalensis
Lesser Spotted Eagle – Aquila pomarina
Wahlberg’s Eagle – Aquila wahlbergi
African Hawk Eagle – Hieraatus fasciatus
Martial Eagle – Polemaetus bellicosus
Brown Snake Eagle – Circaetus cinereus
Black-chested Snake Eagle – Circaetus gallicus
Bateleur – Terathopius ecaudatus
African Fish Eagle – Haliaeetus vocifer
Steppe Buzzard – Buteo b. vulpinus
Little Sparrowhawk – Accipiter minullus
Little Banded Goshawk – Accipiter badius
African Goshawk – Accipiter tachiro
Gabar Goshawk – Micronisus gabar
Shikra
Dark Chanting Goshawk – Melierax metabates
Gymnogene – Polyboroides typus
Lanner Falcon
Hobby Falcon – Falco subbuteo
Eastern Redfooted Kestrel – Falco amurensis
Lesser Kestrel- Falco naumanni
Coqui Francolin – Francolinus coqui
Crested Francolin – Francolinus sephaena
Shelly’s Francolin – Francolinus shellyi
Natal Francolin Francolinus natalensis
Swainson’s Spurfowl Francolinus swainsonii
Common Quail Coturnix coturnix
Harlequin Quail Coturnix delegorguei
Helmeted Guinea fowl Numida meleagris
Kurrichane Buttonquail Turnix sylvatica
African Crake Crex egregia
Black Crake Amaurornis flavirostris
Kori Bustard Ardeotis kori
Redcrested Korhaan Eupodotis ruficrista
Blackbellied Korhaan Eupodotis melanogaster
African Jacana
Doublebanded Sandgrouse Pterocles bicinctus
Three Banded Plover Charadrius tricollaris
Crowned Lapwing Vanellus coronatus
Senegal Lapwing Vanellus lugubris
Blacksmith Lapwing Vanellus armatus
African Wattled Lapwing Vanellus senegallus
Common Sandpiper Tringa hypoleucos
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis
Greenshank Tringa nebularia
Little Stint Calidris minuta
Ruff Philomachus pugnax
Blackwinged Stilt Himantopus himantopus
Spotted Thicknee Burhinus capensis
Water Thicknee Burhinus vermiculatus
Temminck’s Courser Cursorius temminckii
Bronzewinged Courser Rhinoptilus chalcopterus
Redeyed Dove Streptopelia semitorquata
Cape Turtle Dove Streptopelia capicola
Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis
Namaqua Dove Oena capensis
Emeraldspotted Dove Turtur chalcospilos
African Green Pigeon Treron calva
Brownheaded Parrot Poicephalus cryptoxanthus
Grey Go Away Bird Corythaixoides concolor
European Cuckoo Cuculus canorus
African Cuckoo Cuculus gularis
Redchested Cuckoo Cuculus solitarius
Great Spotted Cuckoo Clamator glandarius
Levailants Cuckoo Clamator levaillantii
Jacobin Cuckoo Clamantor jacobinus
Klaas’s Cuckoo Chrysococcyx klaas
Diederik Cuckoo Chrysococcyx caprius
Burchell’s Coucal Centropus superciliosus
Barn Owl Tyto alba
Marsh Owl Asio capensis
Scops Owl Otus senegalensis
Whitefaced Owl Otus leucotis
Pearlspotted Owl Glaucidium perlatum
African Barred Owl Glaucidium capense
Spotted Eagle Owl Bubo africanus
Verauxes Eagle Owl Bubo lacteus
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus
Fierynecked Nightjar Caprimulgus pectoralis
Rufouscheeked Nightjar Caprimulgus rufigina
Mozambique Nightjar Caprimulgus fossii
Black Swift Apus barbatus
Whiterumped Swift Apus caffer
Horus Swift Apus horus
Little Swift Apus affinis
Alpine Swift Apus melba
Palm Swift Cypsiurus parvus
Speckled Mousebird Colius striatus
Redfaced Mousebird Colius indicus
Pied Kingfisher – Ceryle rudis
Malachite Kingfisher – Alcedo cristata
Pygmy Kingfisher – Ispidina picta
Woodland Kingfisher – Halcyon senegalensis
Brownhooded Kingfisher – Halcyon albiventris
Striped Kingfisher – Halcyon chelicuti
European Bee-eater – Merops apiaster
Southern Carmine Bee-eater – Merops nubicoides
Whitefronted Bee-eater – Merops bullockoides
Little Bee-eater – Merops pusillus
European Roller – Coracias garrulus
Lilacbreasted Roller – Coracias cordata
Purple Roller – Coracias naevia
African Hoopoe – Upupa epops
Green Woodhoopoe – Phoeniculus purpureus
Common Schimitarbill – Phoeniculus cyanomelas
African Grey Hornbill – Tokus nasutus
Redbilled Hornbill – Tokus erythrorhynchus
Southern yellow-billed hornbill – Tokus flavirostris
Ground Hornbill – Bycanistes bucinator
Black Collared Barbet – Lybius torquatus
Pied Barbet – Lybius leucomelas
Yellowfronted Tinker Barbet – Pogoniulus chrysoconus
Crested Barbet – Trachyphous vaillantii
Greater Honeyguide – Indicator indicator
Lesser Honeyguide – Indicator minor
Bennett’s Woodpecker – Campethera bennettii
Goldentailed Woodpecker – Campethera abingoni
Cardinal Woodpecker – Dendropicos fuscescens
Bearded Woodpecker – Thripias namaquus
Monotonous Lark – Mirafra passerina
Rufousnaped Lark – Mirafra africana
Sabota Lark – Mirafra sabota
Dusky Lark – Pinaracorys nigricans
Chestnutbacked Finchlark – Eremopterix leucotis
Barn Swallow – Hirundo rustica
Wire Tailed Swallow – Hirundo smithi
Redbreasted Swallow – Hirundo semirufa
Mosque Swallow – Hirundo senegalensis
Lesser Striped Swallow – Hirundo abyssinica
House Martin – Delichon urbica
Grey Rumped Swallow – Pseudhirundo griseopyga
Black Cuckooshrike – Campephaga flava
Whitebreasted Cuckooshrike – Coracina pectoralis
Forktailed Drongo – Dicrurus adsimilis
European Golden Oriole – Oriolus oriolus
African Golden Oriole – Oriolus auratus
Blackheaded Oriole – Oriolus larvatus
Pied Crow – Corvus albus
Southern Black Tit – Parus niger
Grey Penduline Tit – Anthroscopus caroli
Arrowmarked Babbler – Turdoides jardineii
Dark-capped Bulbul – Pycnonatus barbatus
Sombre Greenbul – Andropadus importunus
Yellowspotted Nicator – Nicator gularis
Kurrichane Thrush – Turdus libonyana
Groundscraper Thrush – Turdus litsitsirupa
Stonechat – Saxicola torquata
Heuglin’s Robin – Cossypha heuglini
Whitethroated Robin – Cossypha humeralis
Whitebrowed Robin – Erythropygia leucophrys
Garden Warbler – Sylvia borin
Icterine Warbler – Hippolais icterina
Cape Reed Warbler – Acrocephalus graciliostris
Willow Warbler – Phylloscopus trochilus
Yellowbreasted Apalis – Apalis flavida
Longbilled Crombec – Sylvietta rufescens
Yellowbellied Eremomela – Eremomela icteropygialis
Greencapped Eremomela – Eremomela scotops
Bleating Warbler – Camaroptera brachyura
Stierling’s Wren Warbler – Camaroptera stierlingi
Fantailed Cisticola – Cisticola juncidis
Rattling Cisticola – Cisticola chiniana
Redfaced Cisticola – Cisticola erythrops
Tawnyflanked Prinia – Prinia subflava
Spotted Flycatcher Muscicapa striata
Dusky Flycatcher Muscicapa adusta
Ashy Flycatcher – Muscicapa caerulescens
Black Flycatcher – Melaenornis pammelaina
Marico Flycatcher – Melaenornis mariquensi
Fiscal Flycatcher – Sigelus silens
Chinspot Batis – Batis molitor
Paradise Flycatcher – Terpsiphone viridis
African Pied Wagtail – Motacilla aguimp
Grassland Pipit – Anthus novaeseelandiae
Yellowthroated Longclaw – Macronyx croceus
Lesser Grey Shrike – Lanius minor
Fiscal Shrike – Lanius collaris
Redbacked Shrike – Lanius collurio
Magpie Shrike – Corvinella melanoleuca
Southern Boubou – Laniarius ferrugineus
Black backed Puffback – Dryoscopus cubla
Brubru – Nilaus affer
Brown crowned Tchagara – Tchagara australis
Blackcrowned Tchagara – Tchagara senegala
Orangebreasted Bush Shrike – Telophorus sulfureopectus
Greyheaded Bush Shrike – Malaconotus blanchoti
White Helmetshrike – Prionops plumatus
Retz’s Helmetshrike – Prionops retzii
Whitecrowned Shrike – Eurocephalus anguitimens
Wattled Starling – Creatophora cinerea
Violet backed Starling – Cinnyricinclus leucogaster
Burchell’s Starling – Lamprotornis australis
Glossy Starling – Lamprotornis nitens
Greater Blue-eared Starling – Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Yellowbilled Oxpecker – Buphagus africanus
Redbilled Oxpecker – Buphagus erythrorhynchus
Marico Sunbird – Nectarinia mariquensis
Whitebellied Sunbird – Nectarinia talatala
Scarletchested Sunbird – Nectarinia senegalensis
Black Sunbird – Nectarinia amethystina
Collared Sunbird – Anthreptes collaris
Bluethroated Sunbird – Anthreptes reichenowi
Cape White-eye – Zosterops pallidus
Redbilled Buffalo Weaver – Bubalornis niger
House Sparrow – Passer domesticus
Greyheaded Sparrow – Passer griseus
Yellowthroated Petronia – Petronia supercilliaris
Spectacled Weaver – Ploceus ocularis
Spottedbacked Weaver – Ploceus cucullatus
Lesser Masked Weaver – Ploceus intermedeus
Redheaded Weaver – Anaplectes rubriceps
Redbilled Quelea – Quelea quelea
Red Bishop – Euplectes orix
Whitewinged Widow – Euplectes albonotatus
Melba Finch – Pytilia melba
Bluebilled Firefinch – Lagonosticta rubricata
Jameson’s Firefinch – Lagonosticta rhodopareia
Redbilled Firefinch – Lagonosticta senegala
Blue Waxbill – Uraeginthus angolensis
Common Waxbill – Estrilda astrild
Quail Finch – Ortygospiza atricollis
Cutthroat Finch – Amadina fasciata
Bronze Mannikin – Spermestes cucullatus
Pintailed Wydah – Vidua macroura
Shaft-tailed Wydah – Vidua regia
Paradise Wydah – Vidua paradisea
Black Widowfinch – Vidua funerea
Steelblue Widowfinch – Vidua chalybeata
Yelloweyed Canary – Serinus mozambicus
Bully Canary – Serinus sulphuratus
Goldenbreasted Bunting – Emberiza flaviventris
Rock Bunting – Emberiza tahapisi
Larklike Bunting – Emberiza impestuani
Grey tit flycatcher – Myioparus plumbeus
Purple Chrested Turaco – Tauraco porphyreolophus
Marabou stork – Leptoptilos crumenifer

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