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Chad Wildlife

The rugged untouched landscapes and vast plains of Zakouma National Park welcome an abundance of wildlife.

Zakouma National Park is home to popular predators like lion, hyenas and leopard, but also large herds of central African savannah buffalo, elephant, and endemic species such as the pale fox and the kordofan giraffe. Over 500 waterbird and wildfowl species, 2000 crowned cranes, the Egyptian plover and the black-capped Gondek can also be found in the park.

Big Cats

Chad's big cats face various conservation challenges, including habitat loss, human-wildlife conflicts, and poaching. Conservation efforts in Chad aim to protect these iconic predators and their natural habitats.

African Lion

Lions are found in various regions of Chad, particularly in national parks and protected areas such as Zakouma National Park in the south. They are social animals and often live in prides consisting of several females, their offspring, and one or more dominant males. Lions in Chad are part of the West African population of lions, which is considered vulnerable and is adapted to a variety of habitats, from grasslands to woodlands.

African Leopard

One of the most versatile carnivores, the African leopard changes its coat depending on its environment, and can be found anywhere from grasslands to savannahs and mountainous forests. They are solitary animals known for their elusive nature and are skilled climbers, often resting in trees during the day and typically hunt alone.



Chad is home to a diverse range of bird species due to its varied ecosystems, such as the Secretary Bird, the African Fish Eagle, Vultures, Hornbills and the Marabou Stork.


You may find both Great White Pelicans and Pink-backed Pelicans in the region of Lake Chad; known for their large size and characteristic long bills and pouches. During the winter months, some pelican species migrate to Africa from Europe and Asia in search of warmer climates and abundant food sources.

Fennec Fox

The smallest species of fox, the Fennec Fox has adapted its coat and ears to the high temperatures and little water of the desert environment, eating mainly insects and small mammals and birds.

Striped Hyena

The smallest subspecies of hyenas, the striped hyena competes with other predators such as leopards and cheetahs due to its diet. Unlike its more famous cousin, the laughing hyena, this species of hyena is a scavenger mostly feeding on ungulate carcasses as well as bones and ligaments.