Animals living in the Permanent Freshwater Marshes/Pools (under 8ha) habitat

Many smaller marshes or pools remain all year round. These habitats attract species of otter including the North American otter and the Giant Brazilian Otter.

In Africa, these pools are often frequented by hippopotami as well as used as watering holes for a variety of animals and birds including lions and wildebeest. They are often vital to humans, providing water for cattle. A number of species of frog also breed in these pools and marshes, including the North American Bullfrog and the Green Toad. They commonly attract wading birds and waterfowl, including for breeding. Many of these birds are migratory, seeking out specific pools or marshes each year and traveling considerable distances.

These ponds and marshes may also be stocked with smaller freshwater fish, which become food for the otters and wading birds. They are also home to large quantities of insects and invertebrates, and are common breeding grounds for dragonflies and mosquitoes.

Even-toed ungulates

Common hippopotamus


African clawless otter
Cameroon clawless otter
North american otter
La plata otter
Common otter
Speckle-throated otter
Hairy-nosed otter
Indian smooth-coated otter
Giant brazilian otter


Seychelles sheath-tailed bat

Dugongs, manatees, and sea cows

American manatee
African manatee

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