Primates In Kibale Forest National Park

Primates In Kibale Forest National Park

Rare & Common Animals To See In Kibale Forest

A variety of animal species, birds, and insects can be found in the Kibale National Park, a distinctive eco-community. In order to connect Queen Elizabeth and Kibale national parks, a 180 km extension from Queen Elizabeth national park is made by Kibale National Park. As a result of the Kibale wildlife corridor, which allows animals to freely transit from Queen Elizabeth National Park to Kibale National Park, it shouldn’t come as a surprise if you see lions and buffalo in Kibale Forest. The southern parks are connected to the northern parks in Uganda, such as Murchison Falls National Park, by the Kibale National Park, which serves as an interconnecting ecozone. so have a chance to see the many primates in kibale forest national park as well as the wildlife animals

The park serves as a haven for the largest population of red colobus monkeys in the world and is a crucial stronghold for the Uganda mangabey, a rare national endemic (meaning it only occurs in Uganda).

In addition to primates, Kibale is home to other animal species, however they are infrequently seen.

The forest is home to several species, including elephant, buffalo, warthogs, bushpigs, bushbucks, and blue, red, and Peter’s duiker.

List Of Primates In Kibale Forest National Park

Colobus Monkey in Black and White

Due to the absence of the thumb finger, they are known as colobus monkeys.

You’ll get the opportunity to see black and white colobus monkeys during your visit to Kibale;

they may be seen near the briefing area, where they primarily eat leaves, flowers, and twigs.

Colobus monkeys live in territorial groups of approximately nine people, each of which is made up of a single male, several females, and their young.

Colobuses in their infancy are all white.

Monkey with red tail

One of the important primate species in Kibale is the red-tailed monkey, also known as the black-cheeked white-nosed monkey, red-tailed guenon, Redtail monkey, or Schmidt’s guenon.

You might see one of these monkeys as you set out on your nature walk.

Red-tailed monkeys are sociable primates that create social groups that can include anywhere between 7 and 30 members.

As their main source of nutrition, they typically eat small insects, fruits, leaves, and twigs.

As the Kanyanchu Tourist Center is where they typically eat, it is possible to see these cautious yet kind monkeys there.

The morning hours are when these monkeys are most active.


Mangabey with a black crest.

Among the 13 primates you should definitely encounter when visiting Kibale Forest National Park are the black-crested mangabey, also referred to as the white-cheeked mangabey, and grey-cheeked mangabeys.

The grey-cheeked mangabey is a tiny, hairy baboon-like monkey that is black in color.

In the forest where it lives, its thick brown fur is nearly black and has a bright rufus/golden mane around the neck.

The sexes are similar, with the males being a little bit bigger than the females and always forming groups of between 5 and 30 people.

It mainly consumes fruit, especially figs, although it also consumes other fruits from time to time, along with shoots, flowers, and insects.

Colobus monkey in red.

In Kibale or Bigodi swamp, you can see red colobus monkeys, one of the colobus monkey species.

They are exceptionally social primates that may form big groups of up to 80 people, but often have 20 to 40 people in them.

The groupings frequently form an aggressive behavior-based hierarchy of dominance.

They typically consume immature fruits, flowers, and leaves as food.

The ranges of other groups and the red colobus monkeys overlap.

Troops may interact in a tense, passive manner or violently, with one troop attempting to supplant the other.

The L’Hoest Monkey

Mountain monkeys, also known as L’Hoest’s monkeys (Cercopithecus lhoesti), are a species of guenon forest monkey that are frequently seen playing near the Kanyanchu tourist center.

They have a short, dark brown coat with a chestnut tint across the back and a black belly, and they may be identified by their distinguishing white beard and dark coat.

They are born completely coated and with their eyes open, and their lengthy tails have hook-shaped ends.

Thomas Galago

Thomas Galago, also referred to as a “bush baby,” is a common kind of nocturnal monkey that can be seen at night in Kibale National Park.

They consume fruits, insects, young shoots, and tiny birds for food.

Bush babies can jump and land on another branch of a tree because to their longer hinge legs than their front legs, and their wide-open, oval eyes let them see at night.

They have ears that are cat-like and point forward.

Thomas Galago have large eyes, ears, long legs, soft, woolly fur, and long tails. They are gray, brown, or reddish to yellowish brown in color.


Pottos are nocturnal animals that are only ever seen at night, on night forest walks in Kibale forest, just as bush babies.

Their grey-brown, woolly fur is close-lying. Even though it has opposable thumbs and can securely hold branches, the index finger is only a vestige.

The potto possesses a toothcomb, a moist nose, and a toilet claw on the second toe of its hind legs, same as other strepsirrhines.

In the hands and feet, the third and fourth fingers are joined by a thin skin fold, and the third through fifth toes are connected at the bases by a skin web that reaches almost to the middle of the proximal toes.

Olive Baboon

One of the starbon primate species in Kibale is the baboon, which may be seen in Kanyanchu or when traveling through Kibale National Park.

They can form a troop of up to 150 people and are quite sociable.

Omnivorous baboons are frequently seen searching for leftovers near trading posts and villagers’ homes. If you don’t watch out for them, baboons may steal your food.

You will encounter many animals which include the elephants from queen elizabeth national park, African Civet Cat, and the african buffalos

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