Species of Dzanga-Sangha

Dzanga Sangha is known for the habituated western lowland gorillas that tourists can visit at Bai Hokou but there are many other species that can be seen there.
Elephant (Loxodonta Africana cyclotis)
The forest elephants in Dzanga Sangha are present in such densities that they modify the landscape by opening clearings and paths and digging water holes on which other animals, such as forest buffalos, Hartlaub ducks and antelopes, depend. It is extremely difficult to observe elephants in the dense rainforest but between 50-100 at a time can be seen at the Dzanga Bai forest clearing. The elephants go there daily to consume the mineral-rich soil.

Forest buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus)
The forest buffalo has a reddish brown coat and can reach about 500 kg. They feed on grasses and are dependant on clearings created by elephants. Elephants, in their search for clayey soils, high in mineral content, actively maintain open clearings that are in turn used by forest buffalos.

Bongo (Tragelaphus eurycerus)
The bongo is the largest antelope found in the African rainforest. It is known for the characteristic white lines on its reddish-brown coat. Aside from its coat, equally remarkable are its large ears, constantly moving to keep the flies off. One can regularly see traces of bongo while tracking gorillas and hiking around the clearings.

Agile Mangabey (Cercocebus agilis)*
This species is generally found in periodically flooded swamp forest, although in Dzangha-Sangha animals spend most of their time on dry ground in mixed forests.  Agile mangabey's spend most of their time in trees feeding on fruit, seeds and shoots.

Birds
The Dzanga Sangha Protected Areas also offer much interest for amateur ornithologists. One can come across the endemic Dzanga robin (Stphronis sanghensis), the Hartlaub duck (very rare), as well as many raptors and water birds. 379 species of bird have been listed inside Dzanga Sangha.

Link to list of birds

Link to a full list of mammals

*Source: IUCN's Red List of Threatened Species http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/136615


 / ©: Chloé Cipolletta
Elephants in Dzanga-Sangha
© Chloé Cipolletta
 / ©: R.Isotti, A.Cambone - Homo ambiens / WWF-Canon
Forest buffalo, Syncerus c. nanus, and egret. Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve.Central African Republic
© R.Isotti, A.Cambone - Homo ambiens / WWF-Canon
Dzanga-Sangha / ©: Chloe Cipolletta
The bongo is the largest antelope found in the African rainforest. One can regularly see traces of bongo while tracking gorillas and hiking around the clearings.
© Chloe Cipolletta
Dzanga-Sangha / ©: Chloe Cipolletta
Agile mangabey
© Chloe Cipolletta

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Donate to WWF

Your support will help us build a future where humans live in harmony with nature.