Wildlife in Kidepo valley National Park
Kidepo valley national park is found in Kaabong district in north eastern region of Uganda, in the north eastern corner. It is perhaps the most isolated park in Uganda, but for those on Uganda safari adventures who are brave, patient and determined enough to make it there; it is one of the most beautiful wilderness experiences. Kidepo valley was gazetted as a national park in 1952, and has an impressive population of wildlife. It consists of the Kidepo valley and the Narus River valley floors.
Kidepo boasts of 77 different species of mammals and about 463 bird species. The list of animals that live inside this park is quite exciting and different from other pars in Uganda. Some the animals are; black and white and side-stripped jackal, spotted hyena, the greater and lesser kudu, Chandlers mountain reedbuck, leopards, lions, Burchell’s Giraffe, Carcal, Klipspringer , cheetah, the
bat-eared fox and many more. About 28 of these mammal species are restricted to Kidepo valley national park in Uganda. Some animals like the stripped hyena, Beisa Oryx and grant’s gazelles have not been spotted in a while and are believed to be to be extinct.
Kidepo valley is also quite rich with bird life, some of the birds species include; the Kori bustard, Abyssinian ground hornbill, secretary bird, ostrich, carmine, yellow-billed and Jackson’s hornbills. The park has a record of 56 species of birds of prey, 14 of which are endemic to Kidepo valley and the Karamoja region.