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Animals in Gabon
Nearly a thousand kilometers of coastline, combined with forests, marshland, woods, marshes, savannahs, mangroves, rivers and lakes create a pristine ecosystem for the varied 190 species of animals native to Gabon. Containing the world's second largest rain forest and sprawling over 267,667 square kilometers, yet smaller than the state of Colorado, Gabon is a diverse tropical paradise located on Africa's west coast.


A day excursion through the rainforest will produce glimpses of several primates including different species of monkeys, common
chimpanzee
chimpanzee, western lowland
gorilla
gorilla and even the endangered
mandrill
mandrill. Gabon boasts of the world's largest concentration of drills with troupes amassing 1000 or more. Other endangered species native to Gabon includes the giant African
water shrew
water shrew and the wild dog.


The bio diverse coastline provides habitat for humpback whales, dolphins,
killer whale
killer whales and leatherback turtles. In December the leatherbacks weighing up to 800 kg, begin their beach ascent laying as many as 100 eggs each. Conversely, enjoying the shallow calm waters, the West African manatee, primarily a vegetarian, is found amongst dense sea grasses of the mangrove creeks.


Further up in papyrus laden swamps with only nostrils visible above the water's surface, the sitatunga can be detected avoiding crocodiles and leopards. Less threatening neighbors often sharing the same watering hole are bogo antelope and playful spotted-necked otters.


Massive stone domes surrounded by the forested Minkebe region, is inhabited by large mammals such as bongos, (the largest forest antelope), African golden cats, African elephants and red river hogs. Additionally smaller species such as the sun-tailed monkey, the pygmy squirrel and several shrew varieties including the endangered African water shrew, can be found under the dense forest canopy.


A virtual Garden of Eden with breathtaking panoramas where wetlands, savannas, forests, lagoons and ocean meet to provide opportunity to observe animals native to Gabon is an extraordinary adventure.


Click here for a list of endangered animals in Gabon.
Even-toed ungulates in Gabon
Peter's duiker
Bay duiker
Southern reedbuck
White-bellied duiker
Giant forest hog
Blue duiker
Red river hog
Black-fronted duiker
Ogilby's duiker
Common hippopotamus
Yellow-backed duiker
Grey duiker
Water chevrotain
African buffalo
Bongo
Bates' pygmy antelope
Marshbuck
Bushbuck
Waterbuck
Carnivores in Gabon
Servaline genet
African golden cat
African caracal
Haussa genet
African linsang
Spotted hyaena
African palm civet
African lion
Serval
Marsh mongoose
Leopard
Black-footed mogoose
Long-nosed mongoose
Honey badger
Cameroon clawless otter
Striped polecat
Speckle-throated otter
African civet
African wild dog
Panther genet
Side-striped jackal
Dolphins, porpoises, and whales in Gabon
Bridled dolphin
Atlantic spinner dolphin
Atlantic spotted dolphin
Atlantic dolphin
Fraser's dolphin
Pygmy killer whale
Bats in Gabon
Woermann's bat
Rüppell's horseshoe bat
Peter's dwarf epauletted fruit bat
Lander's horseshoe bat
Moloney's flat-headed bat
Forest horseshoe bat
Greater long-fingered bat
Pel's pouched bat
Benito roundleaf bat
Zenker's fruit bat
Sierra leone free-tailed bat
Sundevall's roundleaf bat
Railer bat
Cyclops roundleaf bat
Sooty roundleaf bat
Noack's roundleaf bat
Little collared fruit bat
Bini free-tailed bat
Duke of abruzzi's free-tailed bat
Mauritian tomb bat
Bate's slit-faced bat
Hammer-headed fruit bat
Large slit-faced bat
Hairy slit-faced bat
Intermediate slit-faced bat
Lesser woolly bat
Large-eared slit-faced bat
Yellow-winged bat
Straw-coloured fruit bat
Wahlberg's epauletted fruit bat
Tiny pipistrelle
Franquet's epauletted fruit bat
Rüppel's pipistrelle
Hyraxes in Gabon
Western tree dassie
Pangolins in Gabon
Three-cusped pangolin
Giant ground pangolin
Black-bellied pangolin
Primates in Gabon
Mandrill
Allen's bushbaby
Gorilla
Southern talapoin monkey
Collared mangabey
Moustached guenon
De brazza's monkey
Greater spot-nosed guenon
Crowned guenon
Sun-tailed guenon
Eastern black-and-white colobus
Black colobus
Chimpanzee
Gray-cheeked mangabey
Potto gibbon
Elegant galago
Golden angwantibo
Elephants in Gabon
African elephant
Rodents in Gabon
Fire-footed rope squirrel
Forest giant squirrel
Natal multimammate mouse
Shining thicket rat
Silent dormouse
African smoky mouse
Pygmy mouse
Peter's mouse
Target rat
Thomas's pygmy mouse
Peters' hybomys
Lesser hylomyscus
African pygmy squirrel
Beaded hylomyscus
Greater cane rat
Allen's hylomyscus
Stella hylomyscus
African wading rat
Giant rat
Long-eared flying squirrel
Gambian rat
Cameroon scaly-tail
Rufous-nosed rats
Congo forest mouse
Green bush squirrel
Fire-bellied brush-furred rat
Baifran palm squirrel
Lord derby's flying squirrel
Rusty-bellied brush-furred rat
Dwarf scaly-tailed squirrel
Jackson's praomys
African brush-tailed porcupine
Tullberg's praomys
Big-eared swamp rat
Lady burton's rope squirrel
Dugongs, manatees, and sea cows in Gabon
African manatee
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