Today the park is one of Tanzania’s birding paradises with more than 571 species including migrants from as far away as Europe, Asia,Madagascar and the Pacific rim have been recorded in the park. The recently annexed wetland, the Usangu basin, is one of the country’s most important bird area as recognized by Birdlife International. Though birds can be seen all year around, the best time for a bird safari is during the wet season.
Ruaha is also believed to have higher concentrations of elephant than any national park in East Africa and magnificent mammals like Kudu (both Greater and Lesser), Sable and Roan antelopes are often easily spotted on a safari game drive in Miombo woodland. The male Kudu have beautiful spiraled horns while male Sable antelope have impressive curved horns. The park is also a habitat for endangered wild dogs. Other animals in the park include lions, leopards, cheetah, giraffes, zebras, elands, impala, bat eared foxes and jackals.