Cape Town’s urban animalsSouth Africa’s Big Five are often seen as the main attraction when it comes to wildlife — but you’ll find plenty of smaller critters right here in the Mother City, too. [written February 24, 2015]Stuart Buchanan·Follow2 min read·Jan 19, 2018--1ListenShareAn agama lizard basks in the sun at the base of Table Mountain. All images by Stuart Buchanan’Tis the season when caterpillar larvae are seen along the walls of houses around Cape Town. Wait long enough, and you’ll be treated to the sight of newly-emerged Twin Dotted Border butterflies (Mylothris rueppellii)Other insects are already busying themselves with the full-time job of pollination, as this bee demonstrates in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical GardenThe Two Oceans Aquarium houses one of only three kelp forests in the world. This tranquil site is also the home of some Northern rockhopper penguinsThe Hartlaub’s or King gull (Chroicocephalus hartlaubi) is spotted in Green PointA sunbird takes flight near Tafelberg RoadA visit to the Company’s Garden is not complete without spotting a grey squirrel scuttling byEgyptian geese can be seen at parks, and near ponds, throughout Cape TownA dragonfly comes to rest on the grassRed-winged starling are common in Cape Town, and can often get quite closeCape white-eye enjoy the pincushion flowers at KirstenboschThis chicken is a resident of Spier Wine Estate and roams the farm freelyEndangered African penguins are an unusual sight in most places, but not at Boulders BeachThe enduring dassie (hyrax) — now an icon of local Cape Town wildlife — is often spotted at the summit of Table MountainA mongoose enjoys the final rays of sun on Signal HillOriginally published at www.southafrica.net on February 24, 2015.