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Animals in Burkina Faso
Burkina Faso is home to a rich variety of African wildlife. The country is located in an area where the Saharan desert transitions in to the fertile grasslands of the savannah. This ecological zone is known as the Sahel. The land is mostly a flat savannah plateau with some small forested areas. There are only two seasons, a rainy season and a hot dry season called harmattan.

Many of Africa's most well known and beloved animals call Burkina Faso home. Elephants, lions, baboons, leopards,
aardvark
aardvarks, and warthogs are all a common sight. This country is also one of the few places critically endangered species such as
cheetah
cheetahs,
Egyptian Vulture
Egyptian vultures, and wild dogs can still be found.

There are a number of rivers and streams that break up the grassland. Crocodiles such as the
Nile crocodile
Nile crocodile, dwarf crocodile, and slender-snouted crocodile populate the rivers of Burkina Faso. These animals are considered sacred in some communities. Water also attracts an amazing variety of birds such as the ibis and the threatened black crown crane. Playful spotted-necked otters and clawless otters are native to these rivers as well.

One of the most bizarre species in this country is the
giant pangolin
giant pangolin. It is the only living mammal with scales. The scales are hard and made of keratin. This gives them a reptilian appearance. Though they are not yet considered endangered, poaching and habitat loss have resulted in a steady decline of the native population of pangolins.

To protect their endangered species and rich diversity of wildlife Burkina Faso has established several national parks and wildlife preserves. Their efforts have done much to ensure the future of these unique animals.


Click here for a list of endangered animals in Burkina Faso.
Even-toed ungulates in Burkina Faso
Common warthog
Bohar reedbuck
Bay duiker
Maxwell's duiker
Red-flanked duiker
Waterbuck
Kob
Grey duiker
African buffalo
Tsessebe
Bongo
Bushbuck
Dorcas gazelle
Red-fronted gazelle
Giraffe
Common hippopotamus
Sahara oryx
Oribi
Common hartebeest
Roan antelope
Carnivores in Burkina Faso
Serval
Spotted hyaena
Speckle-throated otter
African wild dog
Wild cat
African sand fox
Slender mongoose
White-tailed mongoose
Cheetah
Honey badger
Striped polecat
African lion
African clawless otter
Common genet
Leopard
Panther genet
Striped hyaena
Haussa genet
Side-striped jackal
Bats in Burkina Faso
Lesser mouse-tailed bat
Greater mouse-tailed bat
African yellow bat
White-bellied yellow bat
Gland-tailed free-tailed bat
Greenish yellow bat
Yellow-winged bat
Lappet-eared free-tailed bat
Little free-tailed bat
Naked-rumped tomb bat
Egyptian tomb bat
Straw-coloured fruit bat
Gambian epauletted fruit bat
Peter's dwarf epauletted fruit bat
Angolan free-tailed bat
Mongalla free-tailed bat
Midas free-tailed bat
Gambian slit-faced bat
Hairy slit-faced bat
Large-eared slit-faced bat
Egyptian slit-faced bat
Aba roundleaf bat
Sundevall's roundleaf bat
Jones's roundleaf bat
Noack's roundleaf bat
Rüppell's horseshoe bat
Tiny pipistrelle
Trident bat
Lander's horseshoe bat
Rusty pipistrelle
Hammer-headed fruit bat
Hares, pikas, and rabbits in Burkina Faso
Cape hare
Pangolins in Burkina Faso
Giant ground pangolin
Primates in Burkina Faso
Patas monkey
Lesser bushbaby
Chimpanzee
Elephants in Burkina Faso
African elephant
Rodents in Burkina Faso
Crested porcupine
Lesser egyptian jerboa
Northwestern fat mouse
Bellier's lemniscomys
Dainty fat mouse
Typical lemniscomys
Gambian rat
Pouched gerbil
Guinea gerbil
Guinea multimammate mouse
Kemp's gerbil
Natal multimammate mouse
Gracile tateril
Petter's gerbil
Kintampo rope squirrel
Hausa mouse
Striped ground squirrel
Matthey's mouse
Pygmy gerbil
Pygmy mouse
Nigerian gerbil
Savanna dormouse
Gambian sun squirrel
African grass rat
Aardvark in Burkina Faso
Aardvark
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