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Animals in Uganda

Uganda, the Pearl of Africa is gifted with a big population of wild animals that are found in almost every National Park in the country. The favorable weather conditions that Uganda has greatly favor the settlement of wildlife, making her a comfortable Home to these animals. Game viewing becomes one of the tourists’ favorite activity in Uganda.

These animals include;

African Elephant

An Elephant is one of the world’s big 5 animals and it’s the biggest of all. Elephants have got 2 confirmed spices. The Bush Elephant (Loxodonta Africana) and the Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) which are mainly found in Kibale National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park and Kidepo National Park Elephants exhibit social behavior and play a big role in uganda’s wild ecosystems.

Lion (king of the Jungle)

A lion is one of the most impressive animals to see on a Game drive. They fall under the cat family and they are the biggest in the family. Lions are the top predators Uganda’s ecosystem. They are the greatest enemies to the antelopes, giraffes, buffaloes as well as other small animals as they depend on them for food. The largest population of lions is found in Queen Elizabeth National Park, kidepo National Park and Murchison National Park.


Leopards also fall under the cat family that spend most of their day time in hideouts and spotting them on daytime game drives is usually hard. They come out at night hungry and start hunting in search for food. These nocturnal, solitary behavior, camouflaged coated mammals are spotted in Mgahinga National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo, and in Murchison Falls National Park.


Uganda harbors both the Cape and the Forest buffalo species. These love open savanna and woodland areas because of the enough grass to feed on. The largest population of Buffalos can be spotted while in harmony in Murchison National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and in Kidepo National Park on a Game Drive.

Rhino (Rulers of the wild)

Uganda harbors a total of about 33 white and black rhinos. Sighting the Rhinos becomes a lifetime memory as they are not so common in Uganda. They can only be spotted in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Nakitoma-Nakasongola district.


Giraffes are the tallest animals in Uganda’s National Parks. They are very calm and peaceful but strong defenders when attacked by the predators. They use strong backward/forward kicks to defeat them. These slow motion moving animals can be spotted in Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and the zoo.

Mountain Gorillas

Mountain gorillas are human-like mammals with hairy body. The biggest number of these mountain gorillas can be seen in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.


Unlike other counties in Africa, Uganda harbors over 29 Antelope species of which some include the eland, Greater Kudu, Defassa waterbuck,the semi-acquatic sitanunga antelopes, Grants Gazelle, The Uganda Kob, orobi, the Topi, Mpala and many more. These can be differentiated by colour, size, horns etc.. The hugest population of these antelopes can be found in Kidepo Valley National Park, Semiliki National Park, Murchison Falls National Park and in Lake Mburo National Park.


For primate lovers, Uganda has got you covered with quite a big number of monkey spices mainly seen in Mgahinga National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Semiliki National Park and in Queen Elizabeth National Park where they are endemic.

Some of the monkey species include the Golden monkeys, olive baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, Red tailed monkeys, Patas monkeys, Grey checked Mangabey monkeys. The Dent’s monkeys, owl-faced monkeys, Blue monkeys, Mona monkeys, pottos and so many more.

Others include the hyenas, warthogs, and so many more in Uganda’ National Parks.

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