Welcome to Ituri Forest official Site



Most of the vegetation still consists of enormous trees which have been growing for hundreds of years in the Ituri Forest. The hardwood legume is the most dominant species still to be found in the forest and reaches at least 150 feet above the forest floor. There are three sub-species classified under the hardwired legume.

The  Ituri  forests  are  exceptionally  rich  in  mammals  and  a  total  of  90  species  have  been  found in the central sector. These forests are home to thirteen species of diurnal primates the highest number for an African forest and six species of duiker.  The  Landscape  contains  populations  of  world  importance  for  several  species  with  a  limited distribution, endemic or almost endemic to the DRC: the okapi Okapia johnstoni , the aquatic genet Osbornictis piscivora

The giant genet Genetta victoriae and Hamlyn’s monkey Cercopithecus hamlyni it also has large populations of globally threatened species, such as the forest elephant Loxodonta africana cyclotis and the chimpanzee Pan troglodytes. Other important species  are  L’Hoest’s  monkey, the  leopard  Panthera  pardus, the  Cape  buffalo Syncerus caffer nanus, the bongo,  the  sitatunga ,  the  African  golden  cat  Felis  aurata,  the  giant  forest  hog ,  the  red  river  hog ,  the  water  chevrotain  and  the  forest  aardvark.

The forest-savannah ecotone has not yet been systematically inventoried, but reports by missionaries before the recent civil war mention the lion Panthera leo, the spotted hyena, the hippopotamus, the  East  African  Defassa  waterbuck  Kobus  ellip-siprymmus  defassa,  the  bongo  Tragelaphus, the bushbuck, the bohor reedbuck and  the  vervet  monkey.  The  skin  of  a  little  known  meerkat,  Dyboswki’s  meerkat , a species which lives at the edge of forests, was collected. This suggests that the forest-savannah mosaic could contain specialized fauna  that  is  rare  or  absent  in  other  parts  of  the  Congo  Basin  and  absent  from  the  more  arid  regions to the east and the north.