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At least 70 mammal species are present in the park though ground-dwelling animals are difficult to see in dense forest. An estimated 500elephants are present, along with buffalos, leopards, warthogs, bush pigs, golden cats and duikers. A keen observer may spot reptiles and amphibians as well as a colorful variety of 250 species of butterflies.


The mammal fauna of Kibale is dominated by primates, 13 species of which live in the forest. The park protects a well studied habituated population of Common Chimpanzee, as well as several species of Central African monkey including the Grey-cheeked Mangabey, the Central African Red Colobus and L’Hoest’s Monkey.

Other monkeys are Baboons, black and white Colobus, Red Tailed Monkey, Blue Monkey, Brazza’s Monkey, Potto and Bushbaby.

Big Game

There are a number of impressive mammals including forest elephants, buffaloes, bush pigs, three species of duiker, two species of otter and bats.

Reptiles & Amphibians

A keen observer may see some of the reptiles and amphibians as well as a colorful variety of butterflies.


The park boasts more than 375 species of birds. Kibale specials include the African Pitta, Green-breasted Pitta, Afep Pigeon, White-naped Pigeon, Crowned Eagle, Red-chested Owlet, Black Bee-eater, Western Nicator, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Little Greenbul, Brown-chested Alethe, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, African Grey Parrot, Scaly-breasted Illadopsis ,Brown Illadopsis, Black-capped Apalis, Blue-headed Sunbird, Collared Apalis, Dusky Crimsonwing, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Yellow Spotted Nicator, Little Green Bul, Black-eared Ground Thrush and the Abyssinian Ground-thrush.


Furthermore, over 250 tree species have been recorded.