Wildlife Species List

Gorilla

Here’s a comprehensive listing of the species I encountered during a visit to Tanzania and Uganda in February of 2013, and even a couple that I wasn’t able to photograph (H. Erectus; P. boisei at Olduvai Gorge ;). I observed nearly 60 distinct animals, including small rodents, the world’s largest mammals, exotic old world monkeys, great apes, and the biggest birds on the planet (not to mention the infamous mosquito).

 

Many of these are recognized as critically endangered species. It’s humbling and exhilarating to see these beautiful creatures in their natural habitats. Indeed, many of these wild animals, including the mountain gorilla, have never been successfully bred in captivity, so it’s critical that they are protected in the wild.

 

Ecotourism such as the type that resulted in these images is a very important aspect of wildlife conservation that when done responsibly and purposefully, can provide more wealth for the local communities than profits made from illegal poaching or foraging activities. That’s a huge benefit for the local community that reaches far beyond just saving the native wildlife.

 

Please enjoy the following listing, and take a moment to appreciate the grandeur and vast diversity of life on our amazing planet. It’s a perspective that is sometimes easy to overlook in our busy, modern lifestyles. And if you can help me identify the couple of birds that I’m unsure of (they’re tagged below as “Unidentified”), I’d greatly appreciate it!

 

African Buffalo


African Fish Eagle

African olive-pigeon

African White-Backed Vulture

Black and White Colobus Monkey

Black Rhinoceros

Black-Backed Jackel

Blue Monkey

Brown Snake-Eagle

Chacma Baboon

Cheetah

Chimpanzee (Just a nest. I’ll have to go back and visit Gombe another time!)

Crested Crane

Dik-dik

Dwarf Mongoose

Earthworm

Eland

Elephant

Egyptian Goose

Flamingo

Gecko

Golden Monkey

Grey Heron

Grey Hornbill

Guineafowl

Hartebeest

Hippopotamus

Homo erectus (Fossilized remains dating back to about 1.8 million years ago were found here in Olduvai Gorge)

Homo sapien

Impala

Kori Buster

Leopard

Leopard Tortoise

Lilac-Breasted Roller

Lion

Marabou Stork

Masai Giraffe

Mongoose

Mountain Gorilla

Nile Crocodile

Nubian Woodpecker

Ostrich

Paranthropus boisei (previously called Australopithecus boisei as documented on this marker, and originally classified by Louis Leaky as Zinjanthropus boisei)

Red Ants

Red Colobus Monkey

Red-Billed Oxpecker (sitting on buffalo)

Ring-Necked Dove

Secretary Bird

Serval

Spotted Hyena (and jackels) picking up leftovers after a lion kill. The lion wasn’t happy about it.  

Superb Starling

Tawny Eagle

Thomson’s Gazelle

Topi

Unidentified

Vervet Monkey

Warthog

Wildebeest

Yellow Weaver

Zebra