The Bateke Plateau is an ancient volcanic area.
Made up of three protected areas: the Plateaux Batéké National Park in Gabon covers more than 1,400 square miles, and the contiguous Lefini Reserve and Lesio-Louna Gorilla Sanctuary cover approximately 2,600 square miles in Congo.
Forest elephants attracted by the mineral-rich sands have created a vast clearing, called Jobo Bai, which they visit repeatedly. In addition, there are healthy populations of gorillas, chimpanzees, several species of monkeys, buffalos, crocodiles, storks and other water birds, wild orchids, and butterflies.
Batéké Plateau National Park is a national park in the Bateke Plateau, southeastern Gabon covering 2,034.95 km². Due to its purported universal cultural and natural significance, it was added onto the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on October 20th, 2005.
The 790-square-mile Bateke Plateau National Park, in southeastern Gabon, is remote. It’s a three-hour drive from the provincial capital and a two-day train trip from the nation’s capital, Libreville. Its rich biodiversity includes Grimm’s duikers, elephants, buffalo, and lions. In collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society-Gabon, Rare recently completed its Pride campaign there, headed by WCS employee Michel Ikamba.
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