Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda's second largest park, is known for its tree-climbing lions (Panthera leo) and its rich bird life. The low-lying park straddles the equator along the Albertine Rift Valley, protecting grasslands, acacia woodlands, rainforests, volcanic calderas, and wetlands, including the 40 km Kazinga Channel which connects Lake Edward and Lake George.
African elephant, Loxodonta africana
Hippopotamus, Hippopotamus amphibius
Nile monitor, Varanus niloticus
Most of the park is open grassland and savannah, with a high concentration of candelabra trees (Euphorbia candelabrum). A family of lions (Panthera leo) is resting in this one.
The park supports at least 95 species of mammals, the highest for any Ugandan national park, including ten primate species and twenty carnivores.
Olive baboon, Papio anubis
Red-tailed monkey, Cercopithecus ascanius
Vervet monkey, Cercopithecus aethiops pygerythrus
Eastern black and white colobus, Colobus guereza
Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) tracking is possible at Kyambura Gorge.
African buffalo, Syncerus caffer
Uganda kob, Kobus kob thomasi
Topi, Damaliscus lunatus
Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to 610 bird species including 54 raptors.
Ruppell's starling, Lamprotornis purpuroptera
Ring-necked dove, Streptopelia capicola
Emerald-spotted wood-dove, Turtur chalcospilos
Black-headed gonolek, Laniarius erythrogaster
Speckled mousebird, Colius striatus
Black-winged stilt, Himantropus himantropus
Brown-chested lapwing, Vanellus superciliosus
Spur-winged lapwing, Vanellus spinosus
Water thick-knee, Burhinus vermiculatus
Hadad ibis, Bostrychia hagedash
African sacred ibis, Threskiomis aethiopicus
Little egret, Egretta garzetta
Striated heron, Butorides striata
Yellow-billed stork, Mycteria ibis
Egyptian goose, Alopochen aegptiaca
Hamerkop, Scopus umbretta
Pied kingfisher, Ceryle rudis, female left, male right
Woodland kingfisher, Halcyon senegalensis
Malachite kingfisher, Corythornis cristatus
African fish-eagle, Haliaeetus vocifer
Palm-nut vulture, Gypohierax angolensis
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Last modified 13 September 2022