Manovo-Gounda St. Floris National Park

This park in the Central African Republic is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

History

The park was added to the World Heritage List in 1988. After serious problems with poachers who may have killed as much as 80% of the wildlife, the site was added to the list of World Heritage in Danger in 1997.

The NGO Africa Conservation Trust now manages the park in partnership with the CAR government.

Landscape

The park, which is in the northern part of the Central African Republic, can be divided into three main zones. In the north the Bahr Aouk and Bahr Kameur rivers help create a grassy floodplain, the central part consists of bushy or wooded savanna plains with occasional small granite inselbergs, and in the south is the Chaine des Bongo plateau.

Flora and fauna

The savannahs are home to many different species: black rhinoceroses, elephants, cheetahs, leopards, wild dogs, gazelles and buffalo.

Climate

Tropical. June to November is the rainy period, the rest of the year is hot and dry with frequent grass fires.

Stay safe

The safety situation in all of the Central African Republic is highly unstable. The park has long suffered from professional poachers, many from Chad or Sudan, often equipped with automatic weapons.

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