Wildlife of Ivory Coast

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The wildlife of the Ivory Coast is composed of its flora and fauna.

Overview[edit]

The southern Ivory Coast forest is a typical rain forest; it has a canopy at around 21–24 m, with isolated trees pushing up above 37 m. Farther north, the rain forest gives way to scattered stands of deciduous trees, and mahogany is widespread. Still farther north, oil palm, acacia, breadfruit, and baobab characterize the transition to true savanna, where shea nut and traveler’s palm are common.

The jackal, hyena, panther, elephant, hippopotamus, numerous monkeys, and many other mammals are widely distributed. Crocodiles and chameleons, as well as venomous serpents (horned vipers, mambas, and many others) and pythons, are numerous. Among indigenous birds are vultures, cranes, pigeons, turtle doves, parrots, and herons. Venomous spiders and scorpions are abound. As of 2002, there were at least 230 species of mammals, 252 species of birds, and over 3,600 species of plants throughout the country.

Fauna[edit]

Mammals[edit]

Carnivora[edit]

Even-toed ungulate[edit]

Suidae[edit]
Bovind[edit]
Hippopotamidae[edit]

Primate[edit]

Proboscidea[edit]

Birds[edit]

Flora[edit]

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