Kainji Lake National Park – Niger state
Since its establishment in 1979, the Lake Kainji National Park boasts of numerous animals which include the big five (the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard and the white/black rhinoceros) – a sight that many want to experience in Africa. Always open from December until June, the gorgeous water features and rampant birdlife makes it a definite must see.
Falgore Game Reserve – Kano state
It is a big forest reserve that is evergreen all the season and has various species of wildlife animals such as jackal, leopard, serval, hartebeest, bush baby, spotted hyena, buffalo, warthog, oribi, red fronted gazelle, red flanked duiker, bushbuck, patas monkey, green monkey etc.
Yankari National Park – Bauchi state
Yankari Game Reserve is the country’s richest wildlife oasis. It contains the largest surviving elephant population in Nigeria, and one of the largest in West Africa (estimated at 350 individuals). In addition, Yankari Game Reserve also supports important populations of lions, buffalos, hippos, roans and hartebeests.
Cross River National Park – Cross River state
Rare primates include common chimpanzees, drills and Cross River gorillas. Another primate, the gray-cheeked mangabey, seems to have recently become extinct in the Okwangwo section.
In the Oban section, over 350 bird species have been recorded, 42 species of snake have been counted and there are at least 75 mammal species, including the African buffalo, the endangered African forest elephants, common chimpanzee, Preuss’s red colobus and Sclater’s guenon and the highly endangered drill.
Gashaka Gumti National Park – Taraba state
The park has a variety of different habitats that makes it uniquely rich in wildlife. The fauna in the park includes Lions, mountain reedbuck, roan antelope, hippopotamus, crocodiles, chimpanzees, baboons, hyenas, elephants, rhinoceros, African manatee, aardvark, porcupine, wild dog, Senegal bush baby, grey cheeked mangabey, etc. Other special features are the over 500 bird species, 50 different fish species, primate watching, and sportfishing.
Okomu National Park – Edo state
Formerly the Okomu Wildlife Sanctuary, the park is accessible to tourists, and has well marked trails. There are two tree houses from which visitors can view the park from above and observe bird life. Visitors can stay at chalets built on stilts, just outside the park entrance, surrounded by fig trees that are often occupied by Mona monkeys. Guides are available for forest walks, and will point out such things as termite nests and the many medicinal plants.
Kamuku National Park – Kaduna state
Mammals include elephants, roan antelopes, duikers, hartebeest, baboons, warthog, bushbuck, patas monkeys, and green monkeys. There are at least 177 species of birds, including migrants and residents. The park is important for species such as the secretary bird, Denham’s bustard and the Abyssinian ground-hornbill which are rare in other parts of Nigeria.