Dja River

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Dja River

The Dja River (also known as the Ngoko River) is a stream in west-central Africa. It forms part of CameroonRepublic of Congo border and has a course of roughly 450 miles (720 km).[1]

Rising southeast of the southeastern Cameroon town of Abong-Mbang, the Dja Faunal Reserve, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, lies along the banks of its upper course.[1] It protects one of the largest tracts of tropical rainforest in Africa.[1] Forming its natural boundary, and almost completely encircling the reserve (except to the south-west), cliffs run along the course of the river in the south part of the reserve for 60 km and are associated with a section of the river which is broken by rapids and waterfalls.[2] Following its course in the reserve, the Dja flows approximately southeast past Moloundou, below which small boats can navigate.[1] At Ouesso, in the Republic of Congo, it empties into the Sangha River.[1]

Every year, poachers travel up the Dja for central Nki National Park, where elephant ivory is abundant.[3] Strong currents on the river are a deterrent for half the year, but after that, according to freelance journalist Jemini Pandya, the fauna is easy to prey upon.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Dja River". Encyclopædia Britannica. 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-04. 
  2. ^ "Dja Faunal Reserve". UNEP-WCMC Protected Areas Programme. Archived from the original on 2008-07-18. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 
  3. ^ a b "Cameroon's Two New National Parks Shelter Forests, Wildlife". Environment News Service. 2005-10-17. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 

Coordinates: 1°55′10″N 15°44′46″E / 1.91944°N 15.74611°E / 1.91944; 15.74611