Rwanda’s greatest diversity of large mammals is found in its three National Parks, which are also designated conservation areas.
The Akagera National Park has a beautiful and diverse landscape of rolling Acacia hills, grassland and swamp-fringed lakes. Savanna animals such as giraffe and elephant can be found here, among many other species.
The Volcanoes National Park is known as the haven of the mountain gorilla. It is home to an estimated one-third of the worldwide mountain gorilla population. There are only two populations of mountain gorilla; the other is in Uganda.
Nyungwe National Park, part of the Nyungwe rainforest, has one of the richest mountain primate communities. There are 13 primate species here including chimpanzees and Ruwenzori colobus arboreal monkeys, which move around in groups of up to 400, the largest troop size of any primate in Africa.
There are also some 670 bird species in Rwanda.