Below you can find a complete list of Burundian animals. We currently track 221 animals in Burundi and are adding more every day!
The African country of Burundi has a great variety of native wildlife, with 17 species of mammals, 56 species of amphibians, 52 species of reptiles, and 22 species of birds. There are also 215 species of fish, most of which live in Lake Tanganyika, and about 150 species of butterfly. Since animals recognize no national boundaries, many can also be found in Burundi’s neighboring countries of Rwanda, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Wildlife found in Burundi include zebras, leopards, African buffalo, the red-faced barbet, the lesser kestrel, cranes, crocodiles, chimpanzees, the blue monkey, and the tailed green-banded swallowtail butterfly.
The Official National Animal of Burundi
Burundi appears to have two national animals. They are the spotted hyena and the Transvaal lion. The Transvaal lion, whose scientific name is Panthera leo melanochaita is subspecies of a lion that’s found in parts of eastern and southern Africa, though it does not seem to have much of a presence in Burundi. In fact, it is considered extinct in its native habitats of Eritrea, Djibouti, and Lesotho. Extinct means the lion is no longer found in these places in the wild.
Though the lion is protected in some African countries, its population is declining in the east and the south due to loss of its habitat and the prey that live there as well as trophy hunting. The lion is also killed by local people because it’s been known to kill and eat livestock. Despite this, Burundi’s coat of arms features the head of a lion.
On the other hand, the spotted hyena’s conservation status is of least concern. This animal is the largest type of hyena and like its sometimes rival the lion, lives in family groups. In the case of the hyena, the groups are dominated by females, who are bigger than the males and are more competitive than cooperative. For example, lionesses of the same pride may nurse each other’s cubs, but females of a hyena cackle or clan do not.
Where To Find The Top Native Wild Animals in Burundi
The top wild animals in Burundi can be found in its national parks and reserves. There is Kibira National Park, Ruvubu National Park, and Rusizi National Park, with Ruvubu being the largest at 126,000 acres. The four reserves are Kigwena Forest Nature Reserve, Lac Rwihinda Nature Reserve, Bururi Forest Nature Reserve, and Rumonge Nature Reserve.
The Most Dangerous Animals In Burundi Today
The most dangerous wildlife in Burundi include:
- Mosquitoes — As of March 2021, Burundi is experiencing an epidemic of this disease that is spread by mosquitoes. Since 2019, half the population of 12 million Burundians have been infected, and 1800 have died.
- Black mamba — this snake is one of the most dangerous on earth and kills 20,000 people a year in Africa.
- Hippopotamus — though a semi-aquatic herbivore, this animal kills about 500 people every year in Africa.
- Nile Crocodile — According to legend, there’s a monster Nile crocodile called Gustave who lives around the shores of Lake Tanganyika and the Ruzizi River. He is said to have killed at least 300 people. Less storied Nile crocodiles, who seem to view humans as part of their regular diet, might cause as many as 469 deaths in all of Africa every year.
Endangered Wildlife In Burundi
Unfortunately, many animals in Burundi are endangered thanks largely to humans turning their native habitat into farmland, hunting, poaching and the increasing human population. A number of animals, such as the gorilla and the elephant that once roamed the country are now extinct or extirpated. Animals that are endangered include:
One spot of good news is that the Bururi long-fingered frog, thought to be extinct, was rediscovered in 2011. It is now “near threatened.”
The flag of Burundi features a large white X that divides four colored triangles, two red and two green. The red stands for the blood of those who died fighting for independence. Green represents progress for the country, as well as hope. Lastly, the white X stands for peace. The stars included on the flag represent the country’s motto, which is “Unity, Work, Progress.”
Can move 2ft of soil in just 15 seconds!
The aardwolf has five toes on its front paws
Can drink up to 50 gallons a day
Secretes up to 4g of musk every week!
African fish eagles belong to the genus of sea eagles
When a grey parrot named Yosuke got lost, it was reunited with its owner after giving the owner's name and address.
The males raise the young
Solitary but gathers in groups!
Also known as the painted dog!
The agama forms small social groups that contain both dominant and subordinate males.
Despite its name, actually originated from Africa and the Middle East
First evolved 100 million years ago!
Renew their horns every year!
They are so named because they "march" in armies of worms from one crop to another in search of food
Can travel more than four miles a day!
People spin clothing and fishing nets out of these spiders’ silk.
There are over 1768 known species!
Found everywhere around the world!
Older offspring help care for new hatchlings.
Detects prey using echolocation!
Bed bugs feed for 4-12 minutes.
Rock paintings of bees date back 15,000 years
There are more than 350,000 different species
The bichir species is more than 400 million years old
Not all birds are able to fly!
The biscuit beetle form a symbiotic relationship with yeast
They typically prey on insects!
The blind snake is often mistaken for a worm.
Females glue egg cases to furniture
Can live its entire life indoors
Has no real natural predators!
The most common species of bee!
In a series of leaps, this creature can cover almost 30 feet of distance in just a few seconds.
There are thought to be up 17,500 species!
Some species' babies use their hooked or scraper-like teeth to peel off and eat their mother's skin
Carpenter ants can lift up to seven times their own weight with their teeth!
First domesticated by the Ancient Egyptians!
The larvae of a moth or butterfly!
There are nearly 3,000 different species!
There are about 3,000 documented species!
There are more than 160 different species!
The fastest land mammal in the world!
First domesticated more than 10,000 years ago!
There are more than 2 000 known species!
Dated to be around 300 million years old!
Pupae are able to undergo diapause to survive poor fruit yield years and winter.
The most common raptor in the UK!
The common furniture beetle feeds exclusively on wood
House spiders have the ability to eat most insects in a home.
They can fly 35 mph and dive 150 feet below water.
There are nearly 1.5 billion worldwide!
There are 93 different crab groups
Crab Spiders can mimic ants or bird droppings
Many are critically endangered species!
Male crickets can produce sounds by rubbing their wings together
Have changed little in 200 million years!
Crocodylomorphs include extinct ancient species as well as 26 living species today.
A group of these birds is called a Murder.
First domesticated in South-East Asia!
Dog ticks feed on dogs and other mammals
First domesticated 5,000 years ago!
Found in Europe, Africa and Asia!
It's larvae are carnivorous!
Rows of tiny plates line their teeth!
The dung beetle can push objects many times its own weight
They are hermaphrodites, which means they have male and female organs
There are nearly 2,000 different species!
Eels can be a mere few inches long to 13 feet!
A duck species that resembles a goose when flying
The electric catfish can discharge an electric shock up to 450 volts
Spends around 22 hours a day eating!
Found exclusively on the African continent!
The fastest creatures on the planet!
False spiders actually prey on black widow spiders and other hazardous spiders
The fire ball python morph is known for its rich golden and reddish-brown coloration.
The firefly produces some of the most efficient light in the world
Adult fleas can jump up to 7 inches in the air
There are more than 240,000 different species!
Only 12 species are considered "true foxes"
There are around 7,000 different species!
Among the largest bats in the world
Fruit flies are among the most common research animals in the world
They build a ramp from their nest, which leads to a nearby water source
Named for the Arabic word for love poems
There are thought to be over 2,000 species!
Originally known as the Desert Rat!
The most common type of urban roach
Found inhabiting dense woodland and caves!
Males form large mating swarms at dusk
Most closely related to the Sheep!
Migrates between Europe and Asia!
There are 11,000 known species!
Found in a vairety of African habitats!
One of the most invasive species in the world
Able to run as quickly backwards as forwards!
Can reach speeds of over 50 mph!
Many hawk moth caterpillars eat toxins from plants, but don’t sequester them the way milkweed butterflies do. Most toxins are excreted.
Thought to be one of the oldest mammals on Earth!
Inhabits wetlands around the world!
Has pink anti-bacterial sweat!
One of earth's bravest creatures!
There are only 8 recognized species!
Stunning bird with a stinky way to deter predators!
Has evolved over 50 million years!
Horseflies have been seen performing Immelmann turns, much like fighter jets.
Thought to have orignated 200,000 years ago!
Some huntsman spiders have an interesting way of moving around. Some cartwheel while others do handsprings or backflips.
There are four different species!
Found in swamps, marshes and wetlands!
There are an estimated 30 million species!
The jacana has the ability to swim underwater
Can maintain speeds of 16 km/h!
Some can jump 50 times the length of their bodies
Inhabits wetlands and woodlands worldwide!
Klipspringers can jump as high as 10-12ft!
There are more than 5,000 species worldwide!
Spends much of the time high in the trees!
The most widely distributed tortoise in Africa!
The lesser jacana is nomadic, often moving in search of temporary wetland habitats.
The offspring of a lion and tiger parents!
Lives in small groups called prides!
There are around 5,000 different species!
Each locust can eat its weight in plants each day.
Will only live in wet areas
They are found across Europe, Asia and Africa!
The marabou stork does not have a voice box.
There are 2,500 known species worldwide!
They have a symbiotic relationship with ants.
Some species have a poisonous bite!
Primarily hunts and feeds on Earthworms!
Range in size from just 1 to 3 foot!
Has characteristics of two or more breeds!
Some species are thought to carry a weak venom!
There are around 260 known species!
Feeds on aquatic insects and water-spiders!
Only the female mosquito actually sucks blood
There are 250,000 different species!
Found on every continent on Earth!
The offspring of a horse and donkey parents!
Named more than 1,000 years ago!
When a female Nile crocodile’s hatchlings are in danger, she may hide them in a special pouch inside her throat.
There are more than 5,000 species.
Olive baboons will sometimes form strong friendships with each other
Females are about four times the size of males
They reuse nesting sites for 70 years!
There are 13 different species worldwide
The owl can rotate its head some 270 degrees
Bad eyesight, but great sense of smell
Can live for up to 100 years!
Females lay between 8 and 12 eggs per clutch!
They can find their way back to their nests from up to 1300 miles away.
The mantis can turn its head 180 degrees.
This large snake is so-named because it will puff up its body to appear bigger than it is when directly threatened by a predator or person.
Inhabits woodland and forest areas worldwide!
There are more than 300 different species!
Omnivores that eat anything!
Is the most populous bird in the world
It's horns are made from keratin!
Inhabits freshwater habitats around the world!
There are more than 45 species in Australia alone!
The capybara, the world’s largest rodent, likes to be in and around bodies of water. Because of this, the Catholic Church in South America decided that it was a fish, and people were allowed to eat it during Lent and First Fridays.
Will mate with the entire flock!
Ferrets were used during the Revolutionary War to keep down the rat population.
There are around 2,000 known species!
The sea eagle tends to mate for life with a single partner
Males give birth to up to 1,000 offspring!
Can leap more than 1 meter into the air!
Adults greet each other by clattering their bills together.
The spinal column of the shrew Scutisorex somereni is so strong and reinforced that it can support the weight of an adult human.
There are 2,000 different species worldwide!
Some skinks lay eggs in some habitats while giving birth to skinklets in other habitats.
They glide around on one foot, which is aided by the slime they produce
Has up to 45 eggs per egg case
There are nearly 1,000 different species!
There are around 4,000 known species worldwide
There are 140 different species!
They prey on spiders to feed their larvae or they parasitize other spider wasps.
Spitting cobras are types of cobras that can spit venom at predators and prey.
Small rodents found in woodlands worldwide!
There are more than 3,000 different species!
Because of their unique venom delivery system, stiletto snakes are almost impossible to hold safely in the usual way (with fingers behind the head) without being bitten.
They can’t sing like other birds.
Populations have been affected by pollution!
Tarantula hawks are excellent pollinators, especially for milkweed.
Their mounds can be up to 9 meters tall!
The American robin is called the robin because its red breast reminded European settlers of the robin back in the old country.
They inject hosts with a chemical that stops them from feeling the pain of the bite
The adult tiger beetle is one of the fastest land insects in the world
Can live until they are more than 150 years old!
Found in warmer jungles and forests!
Tsetse flies are large biting flies that live in the tropical regions of Africa.
Their name means “banana-eater,” but they rarely ever eat bananas.
Some species of aquatic turtles can get up to 70 percent of their oxygen through their butt.
Vinegaroons can spray 19 times before the glands are depleted
Vipers are one of the most widespread groups of snakes and inhabit most
There are 30 different species worldwide!
Has two sets of tusks on it's face!
There are around 75,000 recognised species!
Has been domesticated for thousands of years!
There are two different types of white ferrets!
The second largest animal on the land!
Carnivorous arachnid that hunts its prey.
This animal can roll up into a ball
There are 200 different species!
They feign death by making their bodies limp and closing their eyes.
Stripe patterns are unique to each individual!
There are around 75 different species!
The offspring of Zebra and Donkey parents!
The offspring of a Zebra and Horse parents!
Burundian Animals List