Animals in Guinea

Below you can find a complete list of Guinean animals. We currently track 150 animals in Guinea and are adding more every day!

Found on the coast of West Africa, Guinea is exceptionally abundant in all kinds of wildlife. The country is unique in that it encloses a variety of habitats including dry savanna woodlands and forests in the lowlands and mountains. The southern part of the country is also part of a vast biodiversity hotspot called the Guinean forests of West Africa. Many of Guinea’s animals, including birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and insects are shared with its neighboring countries of Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire, and Liberia. Following are facts about Guinea’s wildlife.

The Official National Animal of Guinea

The national animal of the wonderfully unique country of Guinea is the African elephant, specifically the African forest elephant, Loxodonta africana. One of the largest and most magnificent mammals, the African elephant is endangered in much of its range. Once ranging widely throughout central and southern Africa and found in a variety of habitats, including deserts and beaches, elephant populations are now mostly found in protected areas around the continent. Some of those protected areas are to be found in Guinea.

Where To Find The Top Wild Animals in Guinea

The top wild animals in Guinea are most often seen in its reserves and national parks. These are the National Park of Upper Niger, a 214 square mile park near the center of the country, and Pinselly Classified Forest, which is found in the Fouta Djallon Highlands. Pinselly is famous for being a haven for the Western chimpanzee, which is critically endangered. The 213.9 square miles Badlar National Park is found right on the border of Senegal and indeed can be thought of as part of Senegal’s Niokolo-Koba National Park.

Like Badlar National Park, Guinea shares Ziama Massif with a neighboring country, in this case, Liberia. Though it’s known for the diversity of its flora, Ziama Massif shelters over 500 types of animals. Bossou Hills Reserve is also famous for sheltering chimpanzees. Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve is shared by Guinea and Cote d’Ivoire and has an abundance of animals that are unique to the area, including species of toads that give birth to live young. The 21,833 square mile Diécké Classified Forest is shared with Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The Most Dangerous Animals In Guinea Today

The most dangerous animals in Guinea are the most dangerous wildlife in all of the Africa continent. Here are facts about some of them:

  • African buffalo — African buffalo can be extraordinarily aggressive and dangerous. It is said that an African buffalo that has been wounded will lie in wait for its attacker to return then take its revenge. Every year about 200 people are gored by an African buffalo and thousands of people are charged.
  • Hippopotamus — The hippopotamus looks like it can’t maneuver very well on dry land, so people tend to underestimate how aggressive these mammals can be. This animal kills about 500 people every year in Africa.
  • West African lion — Lions in Africa are believed to kill 250 people every year.
  • African puff adder — a single bite from this aggressive snake can have enough venom to kill an adult human within about 25 hours if they’re not treated.
  • Anopheles mosquito — species of this mosquito transmit malaria, a disease responsible for 200,000 deaths a year in West Africa, and some claim the death toll can be as high as 1,000,000.
  • Elephant — the male members of Guinea’s national animal can be aggressive, especially if they’re in a condition called musth. Most elephants simply trample people to death.

Endangered Animals In Guinea

Endangered animals in Guinea include:

  • African forest elephant
  • West African lion. This lion is included in CITES Appendix II, and is considered vulnerable.
  • Pygmy hippopotamus
  • Western giant eland
  • Western chimpanzee

These animals are endangered through hunting, poaching and habitat fragmentation and destruction.

Guinean Animals

Aardvark

Can move 2ft of soil in just 15 seconds!

African Civet

Secretes up to 4g of musk every week!

African Palm Civet

Solitary but gathers in groups!

Ant

First evolved 100 million years ago!

Antelope

Renew their horns every year!

Baboon

Can travel more than four miles a day!

Barb

There are over 2,000 known species!

Barn Owl

Found everywhere around the world!

Bat

Detects prey using echolocation!

Beetle

There are more than 350,000 different species

Bichir

The bichir species is more than 400 million years old

Bird

Not all birds are able to fly!

Black Widow Spider

They typically prey on insects!

Bongo

Long and heavy spiralled horns!

Buffalo

Has no real natural predators!

Bumblebee

The most common species of bee!

Bush Baby

In a series of leaps, this creature can cover almost 30 feet of distance in just a few seconds.

Butterfly

There are thought to be up 20,000 species!

Caracal

Has 20 different muscles in it's ears!

Carpenter Ant

Carpenter ants can lift up to seven times their own weight with their teeth!

Cat

First domesticated by the Ancient Egyptians!

Caterpillar

The larvae of a moth or butterfly!

Catfish

There are nearly 3,000 different species!

Centipede

There are about 3,000 documented species!

Chameleon

There are more than 160 different species!

Chicken

First domesticated more than 10,000 years ago!

Chimpanzee

Has 32 teeth including fang-like canines!

Cichlid

There are more than 2 000 known species!

Cockroach

Dated to be around 300 million years old!

Common Buzzard

The most common raptor in the UK!

Cow

There are nearly 1.5 million worldwide!

Crab

There are 93 different crab groups

Crab Spider

Crab Spiders can mimic ants or bird droppings

Crane

Many are critically endangered species!

Crocodile

Have changed little in 200 million years!

Desert Locust

Solitary locusts are grey while gregarious locusts are yellow with stripes.

Dog

First domesticated in South-East Asia!

Donkey

First domesticated 5,000 years ago!

Dormouse

Found in Europe, Africa and Asia!

Dragonfly

It's larvae are carnivorous!

Duck

Rows of tiny plates line their teeth!

Dung Beetle

The dung beetle can push objects many times its own weight

Dwarf Crocodile

Digs burrows in river banks to rest!

Eagle

Has exceptional eyesight!

Earwig

There are nearly 2,000 different species!

Eel

Eels can be a mere few inches long to 13 feet!

Elephant

Spends around 22 hours a day eating!

Elephant Shrew

Found exclusively on the African continent!

Falcon

The fastest creatures on the planet!

Flamingo

Sleeps on just one leg!

Fly

There are more than 240,000 different species!

Fox

There are 12 different species in the world!

Frog

There are around 7,000 different species!

Fruit Bat

Among the largest bats in the world

Gecko

There are thought to be over 2,000 species!

Gerbil

Originally known as the Desert Rat!

Glass Lizard

Can grow up to 4ft long!

Glow Worm

Found inhabiting dense woodland and caves!

Goat

Most closely related to the Sheep!

Golden Oriole

Migrates between Europe and Asia!

Grasshopper

There are 11,000 known species!

Green Bee-Eater

Mainly eats honeybees!

Guinea Fowl

Found in a vairety of African habitats!

Hamster

Able to run as quickly backwards as forwards!

Hare

Can reach speeds of over 40 mph!

Hedgehog

Thought to be one of the oldest mammals on Earth!

Heron

Inhabits wetlands around the world!

Hippopotamus

Has pink anti-bacterial sweat!

Honey Badger

One of earth's bravest creatures!

Honey Bee

There are only 8 recognized species!

Hoopoe

Stunning bird with a stinky way to deter predators!

Horse

Has evolved over 50 million years!

Horsefly

Horseflies have been seen performing Immelmann turns, much like fighter jets.

Human

Thought to have orignated 200,000 years ago!

Huntsman Spider

Some huntsman spiders have an interesting way of moving around. Some cartwheel while others do handsprings or backflips.

Hyena

There are four different species!

Ibis

Found in swamps, marshes and wetlands!

Insects

There are an estimated 30 million species!

Jackal

Can maintain speeds of 16 km/h!

Jerboa

Tiny rodent with a kangaroo-like jump!

Kingfisher

Inhabits wetlands and woodlands worldwide!

Ladybug

There are more than 5,000 species worldwide!

Leopard

Spends much of the time high in the trees!

Liger

The offspring of a lion and tiger parents!

Lion

Lives in small groups called prides!

Lizard

There are around 5,000 different species!

Locust

Each locust can eat its weight in plants each day.

Magpie

They are found across Europe, Asia and Africa!

Marabou Stork

The marabou stork does not have a voice box.

Mayfly

There are 2,500 known species worldwide!

Millipede

Some species have a poisonous bite!

Mole

Primarily hunts and feeds on Earthworms!

Mongoose

Range in size from just 1 to 3 foot!

Mongrel

Has characteristics of two or more breeds!

Monitor Lizard

Some species are thought to carry a weak venom!

Monkey

There are around 260 known species!

Moorhen

Feeds on aquatic insects and water-spiders!

Moth

There are 250,000 different species!

Mouse

Found on every continent on Earth!

Mule

The offspring of a horse and donkey parents!

Nightingale

Named more than 1,000 years ago!

Nile Crocodile

When a female Nile crocodile’s hatchlings are in danger, she may hide them in a special pouch inside her throat.

No See Ums

There are more than 5,000 species.

Otter

There are 13 different species worldwide

Pangolin

Bad eyesight, but great sense of smell

Parakeet

Monk parakeets are the only parakeets that actually build nests. They’re also the only parakeets to nest in great colonies.

Parrot

Can live for up to 100 years!

Patas Monkey

The fastest species of primate in the world!

Peregrine Falcon

Fastest animal on Earth

Pheasant

Females lay between 8 and 12 eggs per clutch!

Pigeon

They can find their way back to their nests from up to 1300 miles away.

Pygmy Hippopotamus

Spends more time on land than in water!

Quail

Inhabits woodland and forest areas worldwide!

Rabbit

There are more than 50 different species!

Rat

Omnivores that eat anything!

Rhinoceros

It's horns are made from keratin!

River Turtle

Inhabits freshwater habitats around the world!

Robin

There are more than 45 species in Australia alone!

Rock Hyrax

Actually related to Elephants and Manatees!

Rodents

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.

Scorpion

There are around 2,000 known species!

Seahorse

Males give birth to up to 1,000 offspring!

Senegal Parrot

As a pet, the Senegal parrot is capable of "talking" to its owner

Serval

Can leap more than 1 meter into the air!

Sheep

Around 35 million in the English countryside!

Shrimp

There are 2,000 different species worldwide!

Skink Lizard

Some skinks lay eggs in some habitats while giving birth to skinklets in other habitats.

Snail

There are nearly 1,000 different species!

Snake

There are around 3,000 known species worldwide

Sparrow

There are 140 different species!

Spider Wasp

They prey on spiders to feed their larvae or they parasitize other spider wasps.

Squirrel

Small rodents found in woodlands worldwide!

Stick Insect

There are more than 3,000 different species!

Swan

Populations have been affected by pollution!

Termite

Their mounds can be up to 9 meters tall!

Thrush

The American robin is called the robin because its red breast reminded European settlers of the robin back in the old country.

Tortoise

Can live until they are more than 150 years old!

Tree Frog

Found in warmer jungles and forests!

Tsetse Fly

Tsetse flies are large biting flies that live in the tropical regions of Africa.

Vulture

There are 30 different species worldwide!

Warthog

Has two sets of tusks on it's face!

Wasp

There are around 75,000 recognised species!

Water Buffalo

Has been domesticated for thousands of years!

Wolf Spider

Carnivorous arachnid that hunts its prey.

Woodlouse

Actually a crustacean, not an insect!

Woodpecker

There are 200 different species!

Zebra

Stripe patterns are unique to each individual!

Zebu

There are around 75 different species!

Zonkey

The offspring of Zebra and Donkey parents!

Zorse

The offspring of a Zebra and Horse parents!

Guinean Animals List

Animals in Guinea FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

What animals live in Guinea?

Many many animals live in Guinea, which has unusually diverse habitats. Animals include elephants, hippopotamus and pygmy hippopotamus, Guinea baboons, Western bongos, white-breasted guinea fowl, snakes, crocodiles, different butterflies and moths and amphibians such as the Mount Nimba screeching frog.

Are there lions in Guinea?

The West African lion lives in Guinea. It is a subspecies of Panthera leo.

What is the most dangerous animal in Guinea?

The most dangerous animal in Guinea is probably the mosquito, which infects people with the parasite that causes malaria.

What is the national animal of Guinea?

The national animal of Guinea is the African forest elephant.