Niokolo Koba National Park Senegal

Niokolo Koba National Park is located in a well-watered area along the banks of the Gambia River, the gallery forests and savannahs of Niokolo Koba National Park have a very rich fauna, among them Derby elands, chimpanzees, lions, leopards and a large population of elephants, as well as many birds, reptiles and amphibians. It is characterized by its group of ecosystems typical of this region, over an area of 913 000ha. Watered by large waterways (the Gambia, Sereko, Niokolo, Koulountou), it comprises gallery forests, savannah grass floodplains, ponds, dry forests -- dense or with clearings -- rocky slopes and hills and barren Bow├ęs. This remarkable plant diversity justifies the presence of a rich fauna characterized by: the Derby Eland (the largest of African antelopes), chimpanzees, lions, leopards, a large population of elephants as well as many species of birds, reptiles and amphibians.

Niokolo Koba National Park
Continent: Africa
Country: Senegal
Category: Danger List
Criterion: (X)
Date of Inscription: 1981

Niokolo-Koba National Park Species

Niokolo-Koba National Park contains all the unique ecosystems of the Sudanese bioclimatic zone such as major waterways gallery-forests, herbaceous savanna floodplains, ponds, dry forests -- dense or with clearings-- rocky slopes and hills and barren Bowes. The property has a remarkable diversity of wildlife, unique in the sub-region. It counts more than 70 species of mammals, 329 species of birds, 36 species of reptiles, 20 species of amphibians and a large number of invertebrates. Lions, reputedly the largest in Africa, are a special attraction, as well as the Derby Eland, the largest antelope in existence. Other important species are also present, such as the elephant, leopard, African wild dog and chimpanzee. The wealth of habitats should be noted, along with the diversity of flora, with over 1,500 important plant species.

Niokolo Koba National Park Senegal
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Vast land Nationalpark

Covering nearly one million hectares, the Niokolo-Koba National Park is sufficiently vast as to illustrate the major aspects of the Guinean savanna-type ecosystem, and to ensure the survival of species therein. However, reports indicate a considerable poaching of elephants. The proposed dams on the Gambia and the Niokolo-Koba are also a concern because they would have disastrous consequences for the ecological integrity of the property.

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