The Primates and Wildlife of Kibale Forest
Kibale Forest is popular for harboring the highest concentration of Primates in the world which includes 13 different species. The most notable primates in Kibale Forest are the Chimpanzees which make up the biggest Chimps population in Uganda with over 1000 individuals. Other primates include L’Hoest monkeys, bush babies, grey-cheeked mangabeys, olive baboon, potto, blue monkeys, black-and-white Colobus, red colobus and red-tailed monkeys.
Primates and other mammals in Kibale Forest National Park number up to 60 species. Plenty of ground animals occur in the forest including Leopards, Elephant, Buffalo, golden cats, warthogs, and bush pigs. These ground mammals are however very elusive and difficult to see in the forest. You will mostly find footprints of the big animals such as buffaloes.
Kibale Forest National Park is also home to over 250 species of butterflies and several reptiles and amphibians.
Kibale Forest National Park is one of Uganda’s birding hotspots for forest birds. The park has over 375 species including six which are endemic to the Albertine Rift Valley. The most sought after bird is the Green-breasted Pitta.