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Though not spectacular in terms of variety, the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve (KBR) does have several animals that capture ones attention, such as the elusive Cape leopard, the soaring Black eagles and the massive Southern Right whales that visit the sheltered bays along the coastline.

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Many residents are also fortunate to spot the delicate grysbok that hides away amidst the fynbos or the Klipspringer that favours the higher rocky mountain areas, while the larger Grey rhebok displays its white fluffy tail as they flee over open slopes. A favourite among visitors and residents alike, are the wild horses at Rooisand.

Some of the most important mammals to inhabit the area, however, are many species of mice, rats and shrews. The Namaqua rock mouse, for example, plays an important role as pollinator of the proteas.

Birdlife

A number of birds are found exclusively in the fynbos with visitors coming from far to see the famous Cape Rock Jumper and the beautiful sunbirds. Master of song is without doubt the drab Victorian scrub warbler. The area is also home to a land based breeding colony of African penguins at Stony Point (Betty's Bay) that share a peninsula with number of other sea birds. The bird hide built at Rooisand is also well-known amongst birdwatchers where pelicans, flamingos and other waders can be spotted.

Reptiles

The stunning yellow Cape Cobra is king of the reptilians while the rare minute frog – aptly named the micro frog – can only be found in fresh water pools along the coastal flats.

Insects

The smaller insect inhabitants of the reserve are no less important to the biosphere ecosystem, provinding an endless array of fascinating services to the rich flora. Honeybee farming and products derived from honey has also become very important in the area over the last five years.

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