Kibale National park is located near the foothills o the Mountains of the Moon in western Uganda. It occupies an area of 776 sq km. It is the most accessible of Uganda’s major tropical rainforests. Kibale forest national park is a home to a remarkable 13 primate species with both nocturnal and diurnal species. These include chimpanzees, the localized red colobus monkey, L’Hoest’s monkey, black and white colobus monkey, pottos, Guereza Colobus, Olive Baboon, Grey-cheeked Mangabeys, and Red-tailed Monkeys among others.
The park has also got various vegetation zones which include mature, mid-altitude, moist semi-deciduous and evergreen forest (57%), grassland (15%), woodland (4%), lakes and wetlands (2%), colonizing forest (19%), and plantations of exotic trees (1%) ; primarily Cupressus lusitanica, Pinus patula, P. caribaea, and Eucalyptus species.
This vegetation has attracted a number of other interesting mammals which include the elusive forest elephant, Buffaloes, Ichneumon, Bushbucks, African Civet cats, Banded and Marsh Mongooses, Bush pigs, Alexander’s Cusimanse, Swamp Otter, Ratel and African Palm Civet. Although Golden Cat, Serval, Lion, Leopard, Warthogs, Giant Hogs and Hippopotamus among others.
The park is also blessed with over 335 bird species which include Red-chested Fluff tail, Red-winged Francolin, Joyful Greenbul, Green-breasted Pitta, Grey-winged Robin, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Grey-throated Flycatcher, White-bellied Crested Flycatcher, , Uganda Woodland Warbler, White-naped Pigeon, Chestnut-winged Starling, Orange-tufted and Tiny Sunbirds, Grey-headed Olive-back African Pitta, Masked and Black-capped Apalises among others.