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Among the 39 mammal residents in Mgahinga gorilla National Park are some wild mountain gorillas including one habituated gorilla family. The most popular animals include golden monkeys, blue monkey, forest elephants, forest buffalos, spotted hyenas, bush buck, Serval cat, side stripped jackal, golden cats, leopard, black fronted duiker and giant forest hog among others. These animals make the park a haven for wildlife safari enthusiasts.

For bird lovers, Mgahinga is a haven with 179 bird species including Albertine rift and Eastern Congo forest biome species because of the overlapping varied ecosystems that attract Eurasian migrants like the stone chat.

Top Animals to See

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is home to different animals that include

  • The critically endangered mountain gorillas,
  • Golden monkeys,
  • Buffaloes,
  • Elephants,
  • Leopards,
  • Civets,
  • Jackals,
  • Spotted hyenas,
  • Serval cats,
  • Giant forest hogs,
  • Several species of antelopes

Within Mgahinga National Park, there are 39 species of mammals. These include mountain gorillas, elephants, buffaloes, golden monkeys, and golden cats, side-striped jackals, spotted hyenas, serval cats, black-fronted duikers, giant forest hog, bushbucks, blue monkeys, leopards and more.

The park also shelters a record of about 180 species of birds. Majority of the birds include Albertine and resident species. Mgahinga Gorilla NP bird species include Kivu ground thrush, Rwenzori batis, Rwenzori turacos, red-throated alethe, blue-headed sunbird, cinnamon-chested bee-eaters, purple-breasted sunbird, African olive pigeon, red-faced woodland warblers, black-capped apalis, Rwenzori nightjar, dusky crimson wing, common bulbul, pin-tailed whydahs,

Strange weaver birds, black collared apalis, African fire finch, speckled mouse bird, handsome francolin, olive thrush, cinnamon chested bee-eaters, white-tailed blue flycatcher, bronze sunbird, black-headed waxbill, regal sunbird, blue-headed coucal, western tinker bird, archer’s robin chat,

Doherty’s bush-shrike, white-necked raven, grey crowned crane, olive woodpecker, brown crowned tchagra, grey capped warblers, dusky turtle dove, yellow-vented bulbul, cape robin chat, scarlet tufted malachite sunbirds, moorland chat, lagden’s bush-shrike, hadada ibis, double-collared sunbird, black kite, montane sooty boubou, alpine swift, stripe-breasted tit, African paradise flycatcher, streaky seedeaters, banded prinia to mention but a few.


There are several rare Albertine rift endemic and Congo forest biome birds.