Wildlife of Cameroon

Wildlife tours of Camaroon

Wildlife and primates tour in Camaroon

Begin in Limbe, home to one of Cameroon’s most important primate conservation programmes where you’ll meet the gorilla, chimpanzee and other primate groups. You then visit the Dzangha Sanga Reserve and see a recently habituated group of Western Lowland Gorilla. More here

Camaroon – Wildlife Conservation Society

Cameroon bridges West and Central Africa, and encompasses an intricate mosaic of habitats, ranging from tropical lowland rainforests in the south, to mangroves along its coastline on the Gulf of Guinea, to montane forests and savannahs as one travels north. The forests along the border with Nigeria are the wettest part of Africa and support the continent’s second highest concentration of biodiversity. Most—if not all—of the country’s many endemic species (those found nowhere else on Earth) live here. Cameroon’s extremely rich flora and fauna include well over 9,000 plant species, 910 bird species, 320 mammal species, 250 reptile species, and 200 amphibian species.

Facts about Camaroon’s wildlife

  • The Cross River gorilla is the world’s most endangered great ape, with an estimated population of fewer than 300 individuals. The subspecies ranges across 11 scattered sites in Cameroon and Nigeria.
  • Cameroon’s government created Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary and Takamanda National Park in part to protect the Cross River gorilla.
  • The gorillas of Kagwene have been protected from poaching by the local belief that the apes are people and therefore cannot be hunted or consumed.
  • Streams flowing through Mbam & Djerem National Park, located at the northern edges of the humid forests of the Congo Basin, are tributaries to the biggest river in Cameroon, the Sanaga River. The river is the main water catchment for most of southern Cameroon and the park, providing water to humans, livestock, and wildlife as well as almost all the country’s hydro-electric power.
  • Mbam & Djerem’s extraordinary habitat diversity supports more than 60 mammal species, 400 bird species, 65 reptile species, and 30 fish species.
  • More than 70 villages with a population of approximately 28,000 people are adjacent to Mbam & Djerem National Park.

On birds in Camaroon

Camaroon birds (Birding pal)

Cameroon with more than 900 bird species in 76 families, 7 endemic and 20 specialty species, is not well known for birding, even if it is the richest West African country for birdwatching.
Part of the lower Guinea Endemic Bird Area (EBA) with six bird species found nowhere else in the world, and Cameroon’s highly diverse habitat with lowland tropical rainforest, mangrove swamps and beaches to the south and west combined with Pro-Sahelian savanna in the northern provinces, makes it a birdwatchers paradise.
Of the endemics the Red-headed Picathartes or Grey-necked Rockfowl is the most famous, and well worth the trek into Korup National Park to visit the Picathartes Knoll, where the birds come into roost every night.

General Camaroon nature

Wildlife of Camaroon (Wikipedia)

The Cameroonian Highlands forests extend across the Cameroon Highlands, covering an area of 38,000 square kilometers (14,700 square miles) in eastern Nigeria and western Cameroon. The ecoregion lies above 900 meters elevation, and is surrounded at lower elevations by the Cross-Sanaga-Bioko coastal forests at the southern end of the range, and by forest-savanna mosaic along the central and northern ends of the range; the Cameroon Highlands form the boundary between the Guinean and Northern Congolian forest-savanna mosaic ecoregions.

Cameroonian Highlands forests (World Wildlife Fund This is one of the least well-protected ecoregions in Africa. No part of this ecoregion is under formal protected status in Cameroon, although local traditional rulers still exert considerable authority over land use.

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