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Garamba National Park - DR Congo

Map showing the location of Garamba National Park, world heritage site in danger, in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo

In Danger from 1984-92 and 1996 to present

Area: 4,920 km2

Inscribed: 1980

Criteria: (vii) aesthetic; (x) biodiversity


Values:  Immense savannas, grasslands and woodlands, threaded with gallery forests and swampy depressions, protect a wide range of species, including large herds of elephant and hippopotamus; some of the last remaining Congo giraffe; and the critically endangered northern white rhinoceros. Following a recent surge in poaching it is not certain that any rhinos survive, but exhaustive efforts are being made to locate and protect any that may remain.



Slideshow of the Garamba National Park


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The tall grass savannas of Garamba world heritage site are punctuated with Kigelia africana, with its huge sausage like seed pods The northern white rhino and other large mammals of Garambe National Park world heritage site have suffered serious poaching, most effectively countered through aerial surveillance The grass is almost as tall as the elephants in Garamba National Park world heritage site The wide yawn of a hippo in Garamba National Park world heritage site, DR Congo



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