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Wildlife in Lake Mburo National Park
Wildlife in Lake Mburo-Lake Mburo National Park is the smallest park in Uganda but despite its size, the park is home to a great deal of wildlife and a remarkable ecosystem. The park hosts 350 bird species and a number of animals including but not limited to the following;
Zebras; at the mention of Lake Mburo national park, Zebra is what comes to mind! Besides the rare Kidepo national park, Lake Mburo national park is the only other destination in Uganda that you will find Zebras and in plenty. You are guaranteed to see them when you visit the park and thus referred to a common sight within the park that goes with a slogan; “whispers of the wild” and you will hear those Zebras hissing or whispering as many would say!
Buffalo; just like Zebras, buffalos graze the park and you will find herds of them on your tour either resting or munching the grass gracefully. They will then lift their noses and stare creating perfect photo moments for the visitor. Buffalos are also a common sight in Lake Mburo national park.
Hippos; hippos are abundant in Lake Mburo and you will encounter several of them during a boat cruise on Mburo lake and late evening when they get out of the water to graze on land. They are also a common sight just like zebras and buffalos and you can be sure to see them on any particular visit.
Giraffe; the Giraffes used to be nonexistent in Lake Mburo but were recently introduced by Uganda Wildlife Authority. A group of giraffes was transferred from Murchison falls national park to Mburo and as of now, they are regarded as occasional as they are still a small number and getting familiar with their new home so you may at times not be able to see them.
Leopard; the park is a good place to hope for a sight of a leopard. There is a place locally known as the “leopard rock” where leopards in Lake Mburo are usually seen but your chances will be better with a night drive or early morning game drive. Because of their shy and elusive traits, leopards anywhere are regarded as occasional because they are masters of camouflage and hard to find.
Hyena; several hyenas exist in the park but they are referred to as occasional as they are also not seen regularly.
Lions; these have been known to be extinct in the park but lions are slowly returning to Lake Mburo national park because of the stability the park has enjoyed for a long time now and the good number of prey that exists in Lake Mburo. Lions are however rare in this park as only very few lucky visitors have been able to see one or two lions.
The park is the only place in Uganda where the impala is found. The eland is also found only in Mburo and the less accessible Kidepo. There are other animal in the park especially small ones including topi, duiker oribi, Bohor reedbuck, sitatunga and klipspringer. There are also a number of baboons and other primates including monkeys.
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