Gabon is home to western lowland gorillas and nearly 200 other mammal species and 600 species of birds. In Loango National Park, you can find elephants and buffalos roaming freely on its endless beaches.
Please note though that due to the fact that Gabon is for the most part still covered by rainforest and most animals are forest animals, it might be more difficult to spot these animals, especially "surfing" hippos, western lowland gorillas and chimpanzees. For the latter two a habituation programme is in progress by the Max Planck Institute.
|Period *)||What to expect|
|Mid-July - mid-September||Whale-watching|
|September – March||Fishing|
|October – February||Turtle nesting season|
|October - April (rainy season)||Elephants & buffalos on the beach|
|All year round||Western lowland gorillas in the Fernan-Vaz Gorilla Sanctuary. Gorillas & chimpanzees in the wild only by chance (habituation process in progress).|
|All year round||Hippos. Although chances are slim to see "hippos surfing the waves" at Petit Loango, they are often seen in the lagoons and rivers in the park.|
From mid-July to mid-September, humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) visit the waters around Loango Lodge as they migrate from their low-latitude summer feeding grounds to more tropical mating and calving areas.
Gabon hosts many endemic fauna and bird species.
- "End of the Line: Megatransect, Part Three," August 2001, National Geographic magazine
In the rainy season, from approximately September to May, you can view forest elephants and forest buffalos roaming on the beaches of Loango National Park, a sighting not found easily in today's world.
Western lowland gorillas
The largest populations of western lowland gorilla are found in Gabon and the Republic of Congo.