Wildlife of Sierra Leon

Wildlife of Sierra Leon

This reserve is probably the westernmost remnant of the West African rain forest. Its fauna and flora are rich and are more affected by seasonal changes than those of the lowland forests in the east. Its situation close to Freetown presents particular threats, but also great opportunities for education and ecotourism.

Outamba-Kilimi is the only extensive area of savannah woodland and grass savannah, which has no protection in Sierra Leone. Its primate population, especially the chimpanzee population, is exceptional, and it has considerable potential for education and ecotourism development.

This site is important for its variety of vegetation types and is one of the few areas in Sierra Leone holding the threatened Dwarf Crocodile.

Apart from the sanctuary – Eco-lodges, hikes through the rain-forest, a community outreach program, bird spotting, yoga retreats, and live Afro Jazz nights are just some of the activities Tacugama is involved with Mammals found in Sierra Leone include:

  • Pygmy Hippopotamus.
  • African bush elephant.
  • Bongo.
  • Duiker.
  • African forest buffalo.
  • African leopard.
  • Olive baboon
  • African bush elephant
  • African forest Buffalo
  • Diana monkey
  • Guinea baboon
  • Western chimpanzee
  • Waterbuck
  • Western red colobus
  • Red colobus
  • Green Monkey
  • Red river hog
  • Warthog
  • Lesser-spotted nosed monkey
  • Black and white colobus monkey
  • Serval

There are 67 known species of reptiles, three of which are endangered, in Sierra Leone including several large reptiles. There are three species of crocodiles, the Nile crocodile, the slender-snouted crocodile which lives in forest streams, a dwarf crocodile found in mangrove swamps.

Best time see wildlife in sierra

The best time to go to Sierra Leone is in the dry season, which runs from October to May. January and February tend to be the hottest months. Birders will find December or January most rewarding. Travel is possible in June and late September, although there will be heavy downpours and rural roads, can become very muddy.

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