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Animals & Wildlife

Animals In Akagera National Park

Wildlife populations are thriving in Akagera National Park today due to effective law enforcement and successful conflict-mitigation with surrounding communities; and poaching within the park has reached an all-time low.

Big Five Gems in Akagera National Park  

  • Akagera has recently become a Big Five destination but some of the main species can be difficult to find.
  • Buffalos are common and you might see Elephant as well.
  • The newly introduced Lions are remarkably relaxed, but sightings are hit-and-miss.
  • Black rhinos is the most recent addition, but they are very shy.
  • Leopards can be spotted on night drives.

Predators In Akagera National Park

Before Lions  were introduced to the park, Leopards and Spotted hyenas were the only large predators in the park.

A founder population of seven lions was reintroduced in 2015 after being hunted out in the 1990s. Two additional males were translocated to the park in 2017 to increase genetic diversity and the park’s lion population has since tripled in size. Small predators are also abundant:

  • Servals
  • Side-striped jackals
  • Several mongoose and
  • Viverrid species

Herbivores In Akagera National Park

  • There are a lot of herbiovores in Akagera National Park including Burchell’s zebra, Masai giraffe, hippos, warthogs and buffaloes.
  • Elphants are occasionally seen and the recently introduced rhinos are rarely seen.
  • Masai giraffe was introduced to Akagera National Par in 1986 from Kenya, and the existing population includes an estimated 60 individuals
  • Elephants had long existed naturally in Akagera, but poaching wiped them out until initial reintroduction returned a young group of 26 individuals—all under the age of eight—in 1975. The founder population has since grown to roughly 100 individuals.
  • After a 10-year absence, 2017 saw the historic return of 18 Eastern black rhinoceros to Akagera. The first calves were born in 2018, and in June 2019, five black rhinos translocated from European zoos promise to boost genetic diversity.
  • Akagera National Park also harbour 11 species of antelopes.
  • The graceful impalas are the most common throughout the park.
  • The park hos big herds of
  • Also regularly seen around the lakes are Defassa waterbucks
  • Bushbucks are wide spread residents in the woodland areas
  • The shy and elusive swamp-dwelling sitatunga antelopes are known to reside in the swamps.
  • Other antelopes in Akagera National Park include duiker, oribi, bohor reedbuck, and
  • The secretive roan antelope and statuesque eland are also known to exist in the park.

Primates In Akagera National Park

  • Anubis baboos and Vervet monkeys are the most commonly seen primates of Akagera National Park.
  • Blue monkeys are plesent in the park but are very difficult to see.

The also host several crocodiles.

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