Kiang West National Park is a haven for birdlife, and is one of the most important wildlife reserves in the Gambia.
The park mainly consists of dry, deciduous woodland, tidal flats and mangrove creeks covering an area of 115 square kilometres, dotted with baobab and red acacia trees. Mammals found within the park include African clawless otter, leopard, caracal, common duiker, marsh mongoose, spotted, serval, sitatunga and warthog, while West African manatees and humpback dolphins can sometimes be spotted in the Jarin creek.
There are also an interesting number of reptiles found in the park, such as the African python, Nile crocodile, Bells hinged tortoise, puff adder, spitting cobra, Nile monitor and royal python.
Kiang West National Park is also known for its spectacular birdlife, where some 300 species – more than half of all species recorded in the Gambia – can be seen. There are 21 birds if prey, 10 species of kingfisher, as well as ground hornbill, brown-necked parrot, Dorst’s cisticola, white-fronted black-chat, brown-rumped bunting, chestnut-crowned sparrow-weaver and the bateleur.
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