Animals living in the Permanent Inland Deltas habitat

A permanent inland delta occurs at the mouth of a river where it flows into a larger body of water. Sediment from the flowing river is deposited along the land before adjacent to the water. This land has a high mineral content and is very fertile. Because of the lush vegetation that grows and the easy access to water, animal life abounds in permanent inland deltas.

Antelopes, buffaloes, elephants, jackals, lions, and leopards all call the Niger River inland delta home. Palm trees grow in abundance around inland delta areas, providing a preferred environment for monkeys and apes. African manatees, live in the river mouth along with a rich fish population including Mochokidae catfish, Synodontis gobroni and cichlids.

Birds commonly gather at inland delta areas. Birds migrating from Europe often spend cooler months in trees along the marshy waters. Waterfowl, including Garganeys, Pintails, Ruffs, cormorants, herons, Black Crowned Cranes, spoonbills, ibis, take advantage of the fresh and brackish waters.

Permanent inland deltas create a complex habitat of both fresh and salt waters and flourishing flora that offer nutrition, water and a home to many animal species.


African clawless otter
Cameroon clawless otter
North american otter
La plata otter
Common otter
Speckle-throated otter
Hairy-nosed otter
Indian smooth-coated otter
Fishing cat


African elephant

Dugongs, manatees, and sea cows

African manatee

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