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Manovo-Gounda - St Floris National Park - Central African Republic

Map showing the location of Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park world heritage site in the Central African RepublicIn Danger from 1997 to present

Area: 17,400 km2

Inscribed: 1988

Criteria: (ix) ecological processes; (x) biodiversity

Values:  The Park is the largest savanna park in west and central Africa, located at a major biogeographic crossroads of central Africa. It comprises three main zones: the wide grassy floodplain of the Bahr Aouk and Bahr Kameur rivers in the north, a gently undulating transitional plain of bushy or wooded savanna with occasional small granite inselbergs, and the Chaine des Bongo plateau in the south. The fauna of the Park reflects its transitional position between east and west Africa, the Sahel and the forested tropics: its large mammals include black rhinoceros, elephant, cheetah, leopard, wild dog, red-fronted gazelle and buffalo; a wide range of waterfowl species also occurs in the northern flood-plains. The site was added to the List of World Heritage in Danger because of illegal grazing and poaching by heavily armed hunters, who may have harvested as much as 80% of the Park's wildlife, and it is doubtful whether any black rhino survive.

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