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Animals in Cameroon
Cameroon lies a stone's throw north of the equator on the west coast of Africa. It is often called 'Africa in miniature' and is a microcosm of the entire continent, exhibiting the climates, vegetation and the geography including the coast, desert, mountains, forests and plains. Its cultural diversity rivals its nature with dozens of independent tribes and hundreds of linguistic groups. Wildlife habitat in Cameroon has been threatened with over-logging and the expansion of agriculture and many species of wildlife are endangered due to meat hunting by hungry natives and poacher's ugly snares.

Cameroon is a zoological treasure trove and the diverse habitat hosts all the major species to be found throughout Africa and those that are reserved for the equatorial regions. Cameroon's rich biodiversity allows it to support 300 species of mammals, 900 species of birds and reptiles are well represented with a collection of snakes, lizards and the rivers are home to populations of crocodiles.

Two of the most notable of Cameroons animal inhabitants are the lowland and Cross River
gorilla
gorillas. These majestic creatures are barely holding on despite noble efforts by a variety of international groups trying to assure their survival. Besides the great gorillas, primate species are numerous and include
chimpanzee
chimpanzees, gibbons, baboons and a wide variety of lesser known monkeys such as bushbabys, swamp monkeys, tatapoins and quenons.

Many of Cameroon's animals come in different sizes. Huge savanna elephants dwarf their small forest cousins; there are full sized hippos and the diminutive pygmy hippo in the rivers and there is a forest species of
African buffalo
African buffalo that is small with a red hide and an even worse temper.

There are antelope, duikers and gazelle; the elusive bongo hides in Cameroon's forest and there are
waterbuck
waterbucks,
roan antelope
Roan antelope, giraffe, common warthogs and giant forest hogs. Cameroon's well fed carnivores stalk the forests and plains and there are prides of lions hunting the savannas, leopards in dark forests, cheetahs race the plains and there is a cleanup crew of jackals, hyenas, badgers and a handful of the smaller cats.

Cameroon is well and truly, Africa in miniature.


Click here for a list of endangered animals in Cameroon.
Even-toed ungulates in Cameroon
Waterbuck
Kob
Tsessebe
Peter's duiker
Common hippopotamus
Bay duiker
White-bellied duiker
Oribi
Blue duiker
Black-fronted duiker
Ogilby's duiker
Red-flanked duiker
Yellow-backed duiker
Grey duiker
African buffalo
Roan antelope
Water chevrotain
Common warthog
Giant forest hog
Bongo
Red river hog
Marshbuck
Bushbuck
Mountain reedbuck
Common hartebeest
Giraffe
Bohar reedbuck
Bates' pygmy antelope
Red-fronted gazelle
Carnivores in Cameroon
African clawless otter
Cameroon clawless otter
Spotted hyaena
African palm civet
Side-striped jackal
Marsh mongoose
African caracal
Black-footed mogoose
Slender mongoose
Serval
Egyptian mongoose
Long-nosed mongoose
Banded mongoose
African lion
Honey badger
Leopard
Striped polecat
Speckle-throated otter
African civet
African wild dog
Common genet
Panther genet
Servaline genet
Haussa genet
Striped hyaena
African linsang
Wild cat
Cheetah
African sand fox
African golden cat
Dolphins, porpoises, and whales in Cameroon
Fraser's dolphin
Atlantic hump-backed dolphin
Atlantic spinner dolphin
Atlantic spotted dolphin
Long-beaked dolphin
Pygmy killer whale
Blainville's beaked whale
Bats in Cameroon
Medje free-tailed bat
Rüppell's horseshoe bat
Bate's slit-faced bat
Mongalla free-tailed bat
Lander's horseshoe bat
Gambian slit-faced bat
Dwarf free-tailed bat
Bushveld horseshoe bat
Large slit-faced bat
Peterson's free-tailed bat
Pel's pouched bat
Hairy slit-faced bat
Spurrell's free-tailed bat
Dark-winged lesser house bat
Intermediate slit-faced bat
Pohle's fruit bat
Large-eared slit-faced bat
Yellow-winged bat
Zenker's fruit bat
Ja slit-faced bat
African yellow bat
Dwarf slit-faced bat
Short-palated fruit bat
White-bellied yellow bat
Egyptian slit-faced bat
Nut-colored yellow bat
Aba roundleaf bat
Greenish yellow bat
Benito roundleaf bat
Sundevall's roundleaf bat
Greater roundleaf bat
Straw-coloured fruit bat
Short-tailed roundleaf bat
Cyclops roundleaf bat
Gambian epauletted fruit bat
Sooty roundleaf bat
Wahlberg's epauletted fruit bat
Noack's roundleaf bat
Aellen's pipistrelle
Franquet's epauletted fruit bat
Tiny pipistrelle
Least pipistrelle
Railer bat
Woermann's bat
Peter's dwarf epauletted fruit bat
Hammer-headed fruit bat
Little collared fruit bat
Moloney's flat-headed bat
Bini free-tailed bat
Duke of abruzzi's free-tailed bat
Ansorge's free-tailed bat
Greater long-fingered bat
Gland-tailed free-tailed bat
Copper woolly bat
Veldkamp's bat
Nigerian free-tailed bat
Sierra leone free-tailed bat
Spurrell's woolly bat
Halcyon horseshoe bat
Russet free-tailed bat
Hyraxes in Cameroon
Western tree dassie
Rock dassie
Hares, pikas, and rabbits in Cameroon
Cape hare
Horses, rhinoceroses, and tapirs in Cameroon
Black rhinoceros
Pangolins in Cameroon
Giant ground pangolin
Black-bellied pangolin
Three-cusped pangolin
Primates in Cameroon
Eastern black-and-white colobus
Black colobus
Golden angwantibo
Angwantibo
Gray-cheeked mangabey
Chimpanzee
Potto gibbon
Collared mangabey
Drill
Black-cheeked white-nosed monkey
Mandrill
Patas monkey
Moustached guenon
Elegant galago
Red-eared guenon
Northern needle-clawed bushbaby
Mona guenon
De brazza's monkey
Greater spot-nosed guenon
Crowned guenon
Preuss's guenon
Red colobus
Allen's bushbaby
Pennant's red colobus
Southern talapoin monkey
Lesser bushbaby
Allen's swamp monkey
Gorilla
Elephants in Cameroon
African elephant
Rodents in Cameroon
Shining thicket rat
Dwarf scaly-tailed squirrel
Christy's dormouse
Jentink's dormouse
African wading rat
Lorrain dormouse
Giant rat
Olga's dormouse
African brush-tailed porcupine
Mt. oku rat
Savanna dormouse
Nigerian mole rat
Silent dormouse
West african shaggy rat
Mittendorf's lemniscomys
African smoky mouse
Typical lemniscomys
Red-legged sun squirrel
Banana climbing mouse
Rufous-nosed rats
Cameroon climbing mouse
Western vlei rat
Congo forest mouse
Fire-bellied brush-furred rat
Pouched gerbil
Rusty-bellied brush-furred rat
Fat mouse
Cooper's mountain squirrel
Baifran palm squirrel
Green bush squirrel
Big-eared swamp rat
Target rat
Kemp's gerbil
Eisentraut's hybomys
Congo gerbil
Peters' hybomys
Lake chad gerbil
Hartwig's praomys
Lesser cane rat
Jackson's praomys
Guinea multimammate mouse
Lesser hylomyscus
Greater cane rat
Cameroon praomys
Pygmy mouse
Natal multimammate mouse
Beaded hylomyscus
Tullberg's praomys
Peter's mouse
Thomas's rope squirrel
Stella hylomyscus
Dollman's tree mouse
Thomas's pygmy mouse
Lady burton's rope squirrel
African groove-toothed rat
Ribboned rope squirrel
Crested porcupine
Red-cheeked rope squirrel
Hinde's rock rat
Striped ground squirrel
Long-eared flying squirrel
Rudd's bristle-furred rat
Forest giant squirrel
African pygmy squirrel
Fire-footed rope squirrel
Tinfields rock rat
Cameroon scaly-tail
Pygmy scaly-tailed flying squirrel
Lord derby's flying squirrel
Dugongs, manatees, and sea cows in Cameroon
African manatee
Aardvark in Cameroon
Aardvark
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