Tiwai has one of the highest concentration and diversity of primates in the world with 11 species.

  1. Diana Monkey (Cercopithecus d. diana)                          Menda name: Kelli
  2. Green Monkey (Cercopithecus aethiops)                          Mende name: Nja-guaa
  3. Campbell’s Monkey (Cercopithecus c. campbell)           Mende name: Lorgboi or Teiguaa
  4. Red Colobus (Procolobus b. badius)                                    Mende name: Kuaa-gboi
  5. Western Black and White Colobus (Procolobus polykomos)    Mende name: Tuwei
  6. Olive Colobus Monkey (Procolobus verus)                                       Mende name: Kpengbei
  7. Sooty Mangabeys (Cercocebus a. atys)                                               Mende name: Towei
  8. Lesser Spot-Nosed Monkey (Cercopithecus petaurista buettikoferi)  Mende name: Hokpala-Kolei
  9. Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes verus)                                      Mende name: Golei
  10. Demioff’s Bush Baby or Dwarf Galago (Galago d. demidovii)    Mende name: Mbelii
  11. Bosman’s Potto (Perodicticus p. potto)                                                   Mende name: Kondei



Tiwai is home to 100s of bird species. Our top 4 unique birds you can see on Tiwai Island are:

  1. Rufous fishing owl (Scotopelia ussheri)
  2. African Crown Eagle (Stephanoaetus coronatus)
  3. 8 types of hornbills, for example Yellow crest hornbill
  4. African Fishing Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)