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Animals in Malawi
Malawi has been described as 'The Warm Heart of Africa'. This beautiful African nation is located where three distinct ecological regions of the continent comes together -- central, southern and eastern Africa -- so the native animal populations of Malawi are representative of all three regions.

Of course, the 'Big Five' famous African animals, lions, leopards, buffaloes, rhinos and elephants, are all found here, which is not surprising due to its location at the crossroads of major habitats. Malawi also boasts nine huge national parks and wildlife reserves to harbor her diverse wildlife.

Other kinds of animals that can be found in Malawi are crocodiles and hippos. In fact, hippopotamuses thrive in such numbers in the lakes and rivers that they have become almost the unofficial symbol of Malawi wildlife. There are antelopes of several varieties, as well as warthogs, zebras and hyenas. The south of the country is home to
bushbuck
bushbucks,
impala
impalas, nyalas, kudus and duikers. There are also two rare breeds of
wild cat
wild cats, caracels and
serval
servals. These cats are slightly larger and look very similar to common house cats, but can be very dangerous.

In the north of the country are found jackals, civets and eight different kinds of mongoose. Lions and leopards roam here, as well as the occasional
cheetah
cheetah, which all share the plain with African wild dogs and spotted hyenas. There are also 43 different species of bats that call Malawi home.

Another interesting fact is that over 600 varieties if fishes are endemic to Malawi. Endemic means they are found there and nowhere else. Other animals endemic to Malawi include: four species of lizards, four species of amphibians, 15 species of insects and arachnids, and three mammal species that are found in Malawi and nowhere else: the Nyika Burrowing Shrew, Ansell's Epauletted Fruit Bat and Johnston's African Dormouse.


Click here for a list of endangered animals in Malawi.
Even-toed ungulates in Malawi
Suni
Common warthog
Bushpig
Common hippopotamus
Klipspringer
Blue duiker
Natal duiker
Roan antelope
Sable antelope
Oribi
Grey duiker
African buffalo
Waterbuck
Blue & white-bearded wildebeest
Puku
Bushbuck
Nyala
Greater kudu
Sharpe's grysbok
Southern reedbuck
Impala
Carnivores in Malawi
African striped weasel
African civet
Angolan genet
African clawless otter
Panther genet
African palm civet
Side-striped jackal
African caracal
African lion
Leopard
Spotted hyaena
Serval
Marsh mongoose
Bushy-tailed mongoose
Slender mongoose
Speckle-throated otter
Common dwarf mongoose
African wild dog
Egyptian mongoose
Cheetah
Banded mongoose
Selous' mongoose
Meller's mongoose
Honey badger
Wild cat
Striped polecat
Bats in Malawi
Rüppell's horseshoe bat
Welwitch's bat
Hildebrandt's horseshoe bat
Lander's horseshoe bat
Large slit-faced bat
Bushveld horseshoe bat
Hairy slit-faced bat
Large-eared slit-faced bat
Long-haired rousette
Egyptian slit-faced bat
Wood's slit-faced bat
Light-winged lesser house bat
Sundevall's roundleaf bat
Dark-winged lesser house bat
Noack's roundleaf bat
African yellow bat
Large-eared free-tailed bat
Schreber's yellow bat
Greenish yellow bat
Nigerian free-tailed bat
Damara woolly bat
Little free-tailed bat
Lesser woolly bat
Madagascan large free-tailed bat
African giant free-tailed bat
Botswanan long-eared bat
Mauritian tomb bat
Yellow-winged bat
Rüppel's pipistrelle
Rusty pipistrelle
Straw-coloured fruit bat
Persian trident bat
Ethiopian epauletted fruit bat
Wahlberg's epauletted fruit bat
Lesser long-fingered bat
Dobson's fruit bat
Blasius's horseshoe bat
Angolan free-tailed bat
Long-tailed house bat
Geoffroy's horseshoe bat
Midas free-tailed bat
Darling's horseshoe bat
Cape hairy bat
Hyraxes in Malawi
Bush hyrax
Hares, pikas, and rabbits in Malawi
Smith's red rockhare
Elephant-shrews in Malawi
Checkered elephant shrew
Short-snouted elephant shrew
Dusky elephant shrew
Four-toed elephant shrew
Horses, rhinoceroses, and tapirs in Malawi
Burchell's zebra
Black rhinoceros
Pangolins in Malawi
Cape pangolin
Primates in Malawi
Garnett's greater galago
Blue monkey
Angolan black-and-white colobus
Mohol galago
Elephants in Malawi
African elephant
Rodents in Malawi
Gray-bellied pygmy mouse
Nyika rock rat
Woodland thicket rat
Lord derby's flying squirrel
Ruwenzori thicket rat
Small-eared dormouse
African grass rat
Silvery mole rat
Greater hamster-rat
Mutable sun squirrel
Pouched mouse
African groove-toothed rat
Angoni vlei rat
Dent's vlei rat
Cape porcupine
Fat mouse
Gambian rat
Smith's bush squirrel
African mole rat
Boehm's gerbil
Striped bush squirrel
Single-striped grass mouse
African marsh rat
Bushveld gerbil
Black and red bush squirrel
Red bush squirrel
Typical lemniscomys
Gray glimbing mouse
Acacia rat
Creek groove-toothed swamp rat
Brant's climbing mouse
Lesser cane rat
Yellow-spotted brush-furred rat
Chestnut climbing mouse
Nyika climbing mouse
Delectable soft-furred mouse
Rudd's bristle-furred rat
Natal multimammate mouse
Spiny mouse
Hildegarde's broad-headed mouse
Four-striped grass mouse
Red rock rat
Kaiser's rock rat
Pygmy mouse
Namaqua rock rat
Aardvark in Malawi
Aardvark
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