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Location: Fort Portal, Kabarole District   Map

Area: 776 km2 (300 mi2)

Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park

 

 

 

 

 

Description of Kibale National Park

 

Kibale National Park is situated near a city of Fort Portal, Kabarole District in Uganda. Kibale National Park is a protected biosphere that covers an area of 776 km2 (300 mi2). Kibale National Park is famous for a great diversity and concentration of different species of primates. Kibale National Park is a vast area of dense rainforest that is inhabited by numerous species of 375 species of birds, 250 species of colorful butterflies, 70 species of mammals and of course 13 species of primate. It is one of the best places in Africa to view chimpanzees in their natural habitat. Scientists estimate that there are at least five family groups of these animals roaming in the wild jungles of Kibale National Park.

 

Most of tourists that visit Kibale National Park stop at the Visitor Center located in Kanyanchu locate 35 km South- East of Fort Portal. Kanyanchu River Camp is also the main trailhead of most popular trails in the Kibale National Park. These trails range in length and difficulty. Some might take days while Primate Walk is only takes one day to hike.

 

 

 

Kibale National Reserve has the largest variety of primates in Africa. This reserve is home to many chimpanzees (endangered) and red colobus (status: endangered). The park is also home to more than 325 species of birds, 13 species of primates, a total of at least 60 other species of mammals and more than 250 species of trees. The predominant ecosystem in Kibala are moist evergreen and semi-deciduous forests. Most of the forest was registered as a reserve in order to preserve forests, some exotic species of trees were planted on plantations (pine and eucalyptus). When the territory was officially declared a national park, many of these trees were removed, and the registration of the reserve was over.

In the Kibale National Park, chimpanzees prey in the Ngogo forest for red colobus, beast, red-tailed monkeys and mangaby. There have been times when chimpanzees also killed their relatives. Between 1999 and 2008, scientists recorded 21 cases in the disputed territories of several chimpanzees from a large population of Ngogo attacking chimpanzees from other populations

 

 

 

 

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