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Birds: Die Oog is an important urban evening roost site for sacred ibis, cattle egrets and reed cormorants. During the autumn and winter months this can number up to 1000 birds, which start to arrive in the early evening. Residents of Die Oog include yellow-billed duck, moorhens, dabchicks, coots, egyptian geese, spotted thick-knees (dikkops), cape weavers, fiscal shrike, helmeted guinea fowl, hadeda ibis, karoo prinia and pintailed whydah. Frequent visitors include the black sparrow hawk, grey heron and little egret.

Amphibians: Die Oog is an important breeding site for the endangered Western Leopard Toad. During late August, the dam reverberates with the males' "snoring" as these toads return to Die Oog by the hundred, for a few days to breed. The common platanna, clicking stream frog and painted reed frog are also found in and around the water.

Reptiles: During spring and summer, indigenous marsh/helmeted terrapins can be seen sunning themselves on the rocks at the waters edge on the island. Die Oog is also home to two male angulate tortoises. Occasionally you may glimpse a Cape Dwarf chameleon or large, harmless molesnake.

Fauna: Recently a water mongoose has taken up residence in the Sanctuary Area. In late summer you may be fortunate to see footprints at the water's edge of the cape clawless otter. Digging, especially around arum lilies is evidence of the nocturnal foraging of porcupines that visit Die Oog from the linking greenbelt system, particularly during autumn.

Flora: The area of Granitic Fynbos is of particular botanical significance. Although parched during the summer months, between August and October it provides a spectacular display of colourful blooms from the myriad of geophytes that bloom. Also of interest is the recently reintroduced Erica verticillata, until recently extinct in the wild, that blooms from about March and used to be found in profusion from this area to the Cape Flats.