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Democratic Republic of the Congo, Salonga National Park

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, September 26, 2012 at 04:50:13

Location Provinces of Equateur, Bandundu and Kasaï Oriental and Occidental, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Coordinates S2 0 0 E21 0 0
Property 3,600,000 ha
Date of Inscription 1984

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/280 )

Salonga National Park is Africa's largest tropical rainforest reserve. Situated at the heart of the central basin of the Congo river, the park is very isolated and accessible only by water. It is the habitat of many endemic endangered species, such as the dwarf chimpanzee, the Congo peacock, the forest elephant and the African slender-snouted or 'false' crocodile.

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Salonga National Park

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Democratic Republic of the Congo, Okapi Wildlife Reserve

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, September 26, 2012 at 04:42:51

Location Orientale Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Coordinates N2 0 0 E28 30 0
Property 1,372,625 ha
Date of Inscription 1996

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/718 )

The Okapi Wildlife Reserve occupies about one-fifth of the Ituri forest in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Congo river basin, of which the reserve and forest are a part, is one of the largest drainage systems in Africa. The reserve contains threatened species of primates and birds and about 5,000 of the estimated 30,000 okapi surviving in the wild. It also has some dramatic scenery, including waterfalls on the Ituri and Epulu rivers. The reserve is inhabited by traditional nomadic pygmy Mbuti and Efe hunters.

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Epulu river, Okapi Wildlife Reserve

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Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kahuzi-Biega National Park

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, September 25, 2012 at 04:50:20

Location Provinces of South-Kivu and Maniena, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Coordinates S2 30 0 E28 45 0
Property 600,000 ha
Date of Inscription 1980

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/137 )

A vast area of primary tropical forest dominated by two spectacular extinct volcanoes, Kahuzi and Biega, the park has a diverse and abundant fauna. One of the last groups of eastern lowland (graueri) gorillas (consisting of only some 250 individuals) lives at between 2,100 and 2,400 m above sea-level.

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Gorilla, Kahuzi-Biega National Park

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Democratic Republic of the Congo, Virunga National Park

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, September 25, 2012 at 04:02:36

Location Province of North-Kivu and Orientale province, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Coordinates N0 55 0 E29 10 0
Property 800,000 ha
Date of Inscription 1979

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/63 )

Virunga National Park (covering an area of 790,000 ha) comprises an outstanding diversity of habitats, ranging from swamps and steppes to the snowfields of Rwenzori at an altitude of over 5,000 m, and from lava plains to the savannahs on the slopes of volcanoes. Mountain gorillas are found in the park, some 20,000 hippopotamuses live in the rivers and birds from Siberia spend the winter there.

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Mount Nyiragongo, Virunga National Park Bukima Camp, Virunga National Park

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Democratic Republic of the Congo, Garamba National Park

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, September 24, 2012 at 12:26:44

Location Orientale Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Coordinates N4 0 0 E29 15 0
Property 500,000 ha
Date of Inscription 1980

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/136 )

The park's immense savannahs, grasslands and woodlands, interspersed with gallery forests along the river banks and the swampy depressions, are home to four large mammals: the elephant, giraffe, hippopotamus and above all the white rhinoceros. Though much larger than the black rhino, it is harmless; only some 30 individuals remain.

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Garamba National Park

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