Mammals

Virunga National Park is home to over 200 mammals including forest and savanna elephants, hippos, okapis, lions, and mountain gorillas.

  • African Bush Elephants

    Rangers conservation efforts were rewarded last year by the return of large elephant herds to the Park. Learn more about these eco-engineers and the importance of their presence within the Park.

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  • Hippopotami

    The common hippo is one of Africa’s largest and most dangerous land animals. Learn more about this iconic species.

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Great Apes

Virunga National Park is the only protected area on Earth home to three taxa of great ape: the mountain gorilla, eastern lowland gorilla and eastern chimpanzee. Park rangers and staff strive to provide conditions which support the growth of their populations, which are threatened by conflict, habitat loss and poaching, leaving them in danger of extinction.

  • Mountain Gorillas

    Conservation efforts have helped the rarest of the three taxa to recover from IUCN critically endangered status to endangered. But there’s still a long road ahead.

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  • Eastern Lowland Gorillas

    Despite being more numerous than mountain gorillas, its population is proportionately more depleted, leading the sub-species to be classified as critically endangered by the IUCN.

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