Carnivores in Uganda

Wikipedia does great justice in defining the word Carnivores for me, so I’ll just let it slide here: a carnivore /ˈkɑːrnɪvɔːr/, meaning “meat eater” (Latin, caro, genitive carnis, meaning “meat” or “flesh” and vorare meaning “to devour”), is an animal whose food and energy requirements derive solely from animal tissue or meat, whether through hunting or scavenging.

Uganda has a great share of canivorous wealth, a total of 38 carnivores have been recorded in Uganda:

  • five canid species—dog-like carnivorans commonly known as known as canines, which includes domestic dogs, wolves, foxes and other extant and extinct species.
  • seven felines—any of 37 cat species that among others include the cheetah, leopard, lion, lynx, tiger, and domestic cat. Cats are native to almost every region on Earth, with the exception of Australia and Antarctica.
  • three hyenas—the striped hyena (Hyaena hyeana), the spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta), and the aardwolf (Proteles cristata).
  • ten mongooses,
  • six mustelids (otters, badgers and weasels) and
  • seven viverrids (civets and genets).

Big Cats

African lions in uganda

Lion (Panthera leo)

Leopard (Panthera pardus)

Leopard (Panthera pardus)

Africa big 5 animal, Cheetah in Kidepo Valley national Park uganda

Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus)

Lesser Cats (Felidae)

caracal uganda lesser cat

The caracal (Felis caracal)

African Golden Cat uganda

The African golden cat (Caracal aurata)

African wild cat (Felis lybica)

The African wild cat (Felis lybica)

serval cat uganda

The serval Cat (Leptailurus serval)

Canidae (Dogs)

Black-backed jackal (Canis mesomelas mesomelas)

Jackals (Canis spp)

Bat-eared fox in Kidepo Valley Uganda

Bat eared fox (Otocyon megalotis)

African hunting dog (Lycaon pictus) in Uganda

African hunting dog (Lycaon pictus)

Other Carnivores

Spoted Hyena

Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta)

African Civet civettictis civetta Uganda

African civet (Civetticus civetta)


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