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Queen Elizabeth N. Park

Tree Climbing Lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Uganda’s most popular and scenic park stretches from the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains to the shores of Lake Edward. It is home to an impressive mix of wildlife including elephant, buffalo and a large hippo population, and can be explored by boat – four of the Big five are present and regularly seen. Rhinos are absent.

QENP is known for its wildlife, including Cape buffaloes, hippopotami, crocodiles, elephants, leopards, Congo lions, and chimpanzees. It is home to 95 species of mammal and over 500 species of birds. The area around Ishasha in Rukungiri District is famous for its tree-climbing lions, whose males sport black manes. Poachers killed six elephants in the park in 2015, triggering both anger and frustration within the Ugandan conservation community.