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Often one gets a little blasé about the wildlife close to where you live as you get to see it so regularly, but once one sits down and works out when last you have seen certain things, you can actually be quite surprised by just how long ago it was...

To this end, we have set ourselves a little challenge to try and catch up with as many of the birds, mammals, reptiles and frogs within our home province, the Western Cape. Not only is this to reacquaint ourselves with the local wildlife, it is also to try and prove to people that there is actually a rather large variety of biodiversity available in the Western Cape and that you don't really have to travel elsewhere to see lots of wildlife! It was quite surprising when we sat down to work out the list of possible species just how many species are available (including introduced species and vagrants) in this area. The table below will show our progress on how many species we have seen and photographed within the province and the percentage of the overall total that we have achieved. If you click on one of the group names linked in red below (Birds, Mammals, Reptiles or Frogs), that will link you through to the group page which will show our progress within that group out of the full list of species available in the province.

On the group pages (click on the names highlighted in red), all species that have been seen (since the beginning of 2010) will have a tick next to them and, if we have managed to get a photo within the province (since the beginning of 2010), it will be included below the species name as well.

As at 27 September 2015
  Current total seen Out of possible % achieved   Current total photographed Out of possible % achieved
Overall total 646 950 68,00%   615 950 64,74%
Birds 437 578 75,61%   415 578 71,80%
Mammals 89 178 50,00%   82 178 46,07%
Reptiles 80 141 56,74%   78 141 55,32%
Frogs 40 53 75,47%   40 53 75,47%
A map showing where all our sightings have been recorded across the province so far:
Red = Birds, Blue = Mammals, Green = Reptiles, Yellow = Frogs