Animal species of Nyungwe Forest National Park

Mammals in Nyungwe Forest National Park

Mammals in Nyungwe Forest National Park Surveys that have been carried out revealed that Nyungwe Forest National park has over 85 mammal species have been of which 16 species are only found in the Albertine Rift.  Most of the mammals found in Nyungwe National park are small and can be seen at night which means that they are nocturnal. Chimpanzees are the chief attraction found in Nyungwe forest national park and chimpanzee trekking in the park is the daily activity. It is believed that the park features leopards, forest hogs, golden cats but it’s rare to see them

Nyungwe Forest National Park is the home to over 12 species of primates including L’Hoest’s monkey which is only found in the Albertine Rift. Apart from chimpanzees at the major attraction, the park records other 12 primates species which include a blue monkey, silver monkey, dents mona monkey, Golden monkey, vervet monkey, Olive baboon, red-tailed monkey, Grey’-cheeked mangabey, Angolan Colobus Monkey, Owl’-faced monkey, and L’-hoest monkey.

Birds of Nyungwe Forest National Park

Nyungwe Forest national park harbors over 322 bird species with 29 species being endemic to the Albertine Rift. These bird species include those residing within the forest and those at the edge of the forest.  The park offers more bird species than any place in Rwanda. The most common bird species include; collared Apalis, Chapin’s  Flycatcher,  Rwenzori Batis, white-tailed blue flycatcher,  Red-collared Babbler, regal sunbird, Doherty’s Bush-Shrike, The Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Hite-headed Wood-hoopoe, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo,  Stripe-breasted Tit, Archer’s Robin-Chat, White-bellied Robin-Chat, Masked, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Purple-breasted among others.