What Animals Species Live In Itombwe Mountains?

The Itombwe Mountains are composed of tropical rain forest and grasslands home to several terrestrial species, including primates, ungulate, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and other mammals, as well as birds and freshwater fish!

Our priority species

IGH do not focus on a single species, but is fighting to save most threatened species found across Itombwe Mountains that have been assessed by the IUCN Red List as facing much more serious danger of becoming extinct.


Priority species our organization IGH is focusing on in Itombwe Mountains are:

Grauer’s gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri) Critically Endangered

The Eastern chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) Endangered

African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) Critically Endangered

Foa’s red colobus (Piliocolobus foai) Endangered

Ulindi red colobus (iliocolobus lulindicus) Endangered

L’hoest’s monkey (Cercopithecus lhoesti) VU


IGH is also focusing efforts on several fascinating, threatened bird and amphibian species, including Caprimulgus prigoginei, Phodilus prigoginei, Chrysobatrachus cupreonitens, Hyperolius leleupi, Leptopelis anebos, Xenopus itombwensis.

Entire known population of all these six species are endemic and confined to the Itombwe Mountains.

Do you wonder which more wildlife you will encounter in the Itombwe Mountains Forest? Let’s learn more about them and their habitats here and here.