Wildlife In Virunga National Park
Wildlife in Virunga national park– The park is located in the northeast of DR Congo with an area of 7,900 sq km. Virunga is known to be among the best national parks in Africa with a diversity of ecosystems. Its is famously known to be a home of mountain gorillas and the active mount Nyiragongo volcano however, the park has much more to offer! Besides that, the park has a variety of vegetation types ranging from savannah grasslands, wetlands, forests, woodlands, the heath and alpine on the mountains. You can also find over 2000 species of plant of which 15% are endemic.
Yes, Virunga national park is also a home to over 200 mammals including forest and savannah elephants, leopard, lions, buffalo, blue duiker, waterbuck, Thomas kobs, topi, hippos, giraffes among others.
While on nature walks and bird watching experiences, you may spot a number of bird species. The endemic birds include; Rwenzori turaco, mountain masked apalis, Rwenzori batis, Archer’s ground robin, red-throated alethe, red-faced woodland warbler, Kivu ground thrush, collared apalis, Rwenzori double-collared sunbird, blue-headed sunbird, dusky crimson-wing, Shelley’s crimsonwing, handsome spurfowl, stripe-breasted tit, regal sunbird and strange weaver were recorded in the southern sector of Virunga National park.
While the non-endemic birds species recorded include Wahlberg’s eagle, African goshawk, African hobby, harrier hawk, Diederik cuckoo, hadeda ibis, grey-crowned crane, common buzzard, mountain buzzard, barred long-tailed cuckoo, Klaas’s cuckoo, black-and-white-casqued hornbill, black-billed turaco, African olive pigeon, tambourine dove, blue-spotted wood dove, red-eyed dove, brown-necked parrot, red-chested cuckoo, olive long-tailed cuckoo, blue-headed coucal, Narina trogon, white-headed wood hoopoe, mountain yellow warbler, brown woodland warbler, stonechat, rufous thrush, African thrush, olive thrush, grassland pipit, cinnamon bracken warbler, black-faced rufous warbler, olive sunbird, bronze sunbird, malachite sunbird, collared sunbird, variable sunbird, yellow white-eye, speckled mousebird, green sandpiper, Chubb’s cisticola, banded prinia, white-necked raven, narrow-tailed starling, Sharpe’s starling, baglafecht weaver, pin-tailed whydah, African citril, white-browed robin-chat, chestnut-throated apalis, grey-backed camaroptera, white-browed crombec, black-throated wattle-eye, white-tailed crested flycatcher, African paradise flycatcher, olive woodpecker, black saw-wing, Angolan swallow, white-eyed slaty flycatcher, African dusky flycatcher, white-tailed blue flycatcher, mountain oriole, mountain illadopsis, grey-chested illadopsis, cinnamon-chested bee-eater, grey-throated barbet, yellow-billed barbet, western tinkerbird, yellow-rumped tinkerbird, cardinal woodpecker, Alpine swift, mountain greenbul, yellow-whiskered greenbul, common bulbul, white-starred robin, black bishop, grey-headed negrofinch, common waxbill, black-headed waxbill, bronze mannikin, black and white mannikin, Archer’s ground robin, chinspot batis, Mackinnon’s shrike, Doherty’s bushshrike, Lühder’s bushshrike, northern puffback, mountain sooty boubou, tropical boubou, streaky seedeater and thick-billed seedeater.
Further more on the wildlife in Virunga national park, besides the mountain gorillas, the park is a home to over 21 primate species. The presence of mountain gorillas, eastern lowland gorillas and the chimpanzees make Virunga an outstanding destination for primate watching. Other primates include; black and white colobus monkey, Dent’s blue monkey, golden monkey, De brazza’s monkey, Hamyn’s monkey, Central African red colobus mantled guereza, red-tailed monkey, Mona monkey and olive baboons.
The park also has more than 60 species of amphibians and about 109 species of reptiles. These include crocodiles commonly spotted at the shores of Lake Edward and R. Semuliki, monitor lizards, snakes, chameleons, geckos, frogs, Anthracosauri, torrent salamander.
You are advised to book your Congo safari with a local trusted tour operator like Africa Adventure Vacations if you are interest in exploring and encountering different wildlife species in Virunga national park Congo.