Niokolo-Koba National Park

Senegambia-2005-08-35-d3133_035 by Jan Michael Ihl.

Photo of Niokolo-Koba National Park by Jan Micheal on Flickr.

Niokolo-Koba National Park

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 (largest of the antelopes), chimpanzees, lions, leopards and a large population of elephants, as well as many birds, reptiles and amphibians.

NiokoloKoba National Park – Wikipedia

There are some 80 mammal species. These included (as of 2005) an estimated 11000 buffalo, 6000 hippopotomii, 400 western giant eland, 50 elephants, 120 lions, 150 chimpanzees, 3000 waterbuck (kobus ellipsiprymnus) , 2000 common duiker (Sylvicapra grimmia), an unknown number of red colobus (Colobus badius rufomitratus) and a few rare leopards and african wild dogs (Lycaon pictus), although this canid is thought to be wiped out throughout the rest of the country.

Around 330 species of birds have been sighted in the park, notably the Arabian bustard, Black Crowned Crane, Southern Ground-hornbill (Bucorvus cafer) , Martial Eagle, Bateleur (Terathopius ecaudatus), and White-faced Duck (Dendrocygna viduata).

Niokolo-Koba Biosphere Reserve

Habitats include herbaceous savanna dominated by Andropogon gayanus, seasonally flooded grassland and dry forest, areas with bamboo, freshwater wetlands and gallery forests. Niokolo Koba Biosphere Reserve provides habitat for the Derby eland (Taurotragus derbianus, the largest of the antelopes), elephants, chimpanzees, lions as well as many birds, reptiles and amphibians.

Within the park are the Dindefelo Falls

Dindefelo Falls. The falls are about 100 meters high. The park area forms part of the larger Niokolo-Koba National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere world heritage site. UNESCO estimates the annual tourist visits to the falls in the thousands.

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