Drakensberg Montane Shrublands & Woodlands
About the Area
Bird species include Rudd's lark (Heteromirafa ruddi), Drakensberg siskin (Serinus symonsi), Orange-breasted rockjumper (Chaetops aurantius), and Black-capped mountain babbler (Lioptilus nigricapillus). Plant species include Festuca caprina and several cycads, such as Encephalartos natalensis.
Among the reptiles found nowhere else in the world are the Drakensberg dwarf chameleon (Bradypodion dracomontanum) and species such as Spiny crag lizard (Pseudocordylus spinosus), Soutspansberg rock lizard (Australolacerta rupicola), Prickly Girdled Lizard (Pseudocordyl us spinosus), and Cottrell's mountain lizard (Tropidosaura cottrelli).
Endemic amphibians include Mist belt chirping frog (Arthroleptella ngongoniensis) and Aquatic river frog (Rana vertebralis).
Threats include conversion to agriculture, timber extraction, fire, bark-stripping of medicinal trees, soil erosion, cattle-grazing, firewood collection, aforestation with exotic trees, and other invasive plants.
202,216 sq. km (78,075 sq. miles)
Montane Grasslands and Shrublands
Southern Africa, covering sections of Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland