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Animals in Gambia, The
Gambia has a very conducive ecosystem that can be able to support different life forms. Domestic animals form the biggest composition of animals in Gambia, however, some wild animals also exists which include mammals, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies and a very big percentage of fish and bird species. Gambia is a very small country located in Western Africa; these animal species form part of the country's rich ecological system.

The country has suffered a great loss through hunting and poaching activates, this brought some of the treasured animals like elephants to extinction. Today the country has a small number of hippos, which form part of the large mammals in protected area. Baboons, monkeys and small antelope species like
sitatunga
sitatunga,
bushbuck
bushbuck and maxwell's duiker contribute to the percentage of mammals in the country. Birds and fish species form the biggest part of animal species in the country, there about 566 and 627 species respectively. Other animals like the hyena,
aardvark
aardvark, monitor lizards, bush pigs, geckos, chameleons, spitting cobras, puff adders and green mambas form the rest of the animal groups. You can catch a glimpse of bottlenose dolphins near the mouth of river Gambia that connects it to the Atlantic Ocean.

River Gambia is the most predominant feature as you move from east to the western parts of the country. Most parts along these areas are largely wetlands. The Guinea woodland savanna and Sahelian scrub are the most established natural habitants in the country. Savanna grasslands and shrubs form a great part of the countries vegetation. Mangroves form a bigger part of the western parts of Gambia, mainly found on floodplains where River Gambia connects to the ocean and along its banks. The eastern side of the country forms a big portion of the cultivatable and due to the presence of fresh water supply from the upper and middle river Gambia basins.


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Even-toed ungulates in Gambia, The
Maxwell's duiker
Red-flanked duiker
Marshbuck
Bushbuck
Tsessebe
Oribi
Red-fronted gazelle
Bohar reedbuck
Common hippopotamus
Common hartebeest
Roan antelope
Waterbuck
Grey duiker
Kob
African buffalo
Carnivores in Gambia, The
African caracal
Serval
African wild dog
Spotted hyaena
Gambian mongoose
Common dwarf mongoose
Egyptian mongoose
Honey badger
Wild cat
Striped polecat
African lion
African civet
Leopard
Panther genet
African golden cat
African clawless otter
Side-striped jackal
Dolphins, porpoises, and whales in Gambia, The
Atlantic spinner dolphin
Ginkgo-toothed beaked whale
Atlantic dolphin
Pygmy killer whale
Atlantic hump-backed dolphin
Fraser's dolphin
Bats in Gambia, The
Mauritian tomb bat
Yellow-winged bat
Egyptian tomb bat
Little free-tailed bat
Peter's dwarf epauletted fruit bat
Angolan free-tailed bat
Midas free-tailed bat
Gambian slit-faced bat
Hairy slit-faced bat
Large-eared slit-faced bat
Straw-coloured fruit bat
Egyptian slit-faced bat
Gambian epauletted fruit bat
Rüppell's horseshoe bat
Sundevall's roundleaf bat
Lander's horseshoe bat
Cyclops roundleaf bat
Light-winged lesser house bat
Noack's roundleaf bat
Dark-winged lesser house bat
African yellow bat
White-bellied yellow bat
Trident bat
Greenish yellow bat
Hyraxes in Gambia, The
Western tree dassie
Hares, pikas, and rabbits in Gambia, The
Primates in Gambia, The
Campbell's guenon
Patas monkey
Chimpanzee
Lesser bushbaby
Potto gibbon
Red colobus
Elephants in Gambia, The
African elephant
Rodents in Gambia, The
Guinea gerbil
Gracile tateril
Greater cane rat
Guinea multimammate mouse
Gambian rat
Striped ground squirrel
West african shaggy rat
Fire-footed rope squirrel
Tullberg's praomys
Savanna dormouse
Gambian sun squirrel
Red-legged sun squirrel
Crested porcupine
African grass rat
African brush-tailed porcupine
Dugongs, manatees, and sea cows in Gambia, The
African manatee
Aardvark in Gambia, The
Aardvark
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