Animals living in the Artificial/Aquatic - Water Storage Areas (over 8ha) habitat

Surface storage of water for human use - reservoirs - has proved to provide important habitat. Some of these reservoirs can be extremely large, and can provide good-sized lakes in areas that are short of them.

These lakes become home to waterfowl, most especially ducks, geese and swans. Some of these are all-year residents, others may be migratory. Ospreys also commonly visit and in some cases breed on reservoirs. If the reservoir's edge is shallow enough, marshes may develop along the edge which can be home to waders such as bitterns.

Otters swim around the edges of these lakes and they are often well stocked (sometimes artificially) with fish. However, many reservoirs are also major centers of human recreational activity, resulting in disturbance that can affect the presence of these shy animals.

Amphibians are also present in these lakes, including salamanders and others that do not have a land-dwelling adult phase. North American bullfrogs also often breed in reservoirs. Properly managed reservoirs can provide valuable habitat for a variety of water-loving species.


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

Dolphins, porpoises, and whales

Blind river dolphin

Dugongs, manatees, and sea cows

African manatee

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