Isangano National Park

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Isangano National Park
Map showing the location of Isangano National Park
Map showing the location of Isangano National Park
Location Northern Province of Zambia
Coordinates 11°10′S 30°40′E / 11.167°S 30.667°E / -11.167; 30.667Coordinates: 11°10′S 30°40′E / 11.167°S 30.667°E / -11.167; 30.667
Area 840 km²
Established 1972

Isangano National Park is a national park in the Northern Province of Zambia. It covers an area of 840 square kilometers. The park was declared a national park in 1972. It went into decline due to problems caused by human settlement and lack of funds. This has resulted in little wildlife and game in the park. In July 2007, steps were taken to address these problems.

Geography[edit]

Isangano National Park spans an area of 840 square kilometers. It is located in the Luwingu and Kasama districts of the Northern Province in Zambia. Its terrain is mainly floodplain,[1][2] with swampy forests and grasslands. The park is part of the Bangweulu Swamps and it is bordered at the east by the Chambeshi River and at the west by the Bangweulu Flats.[3] It has an altitude of 1100 meters.[4]

History[edit]

Isangano National Park became a protected reserve in 1957. It was given national park status in 1972 under statutory order number 42.[1][3] The park went into decline after being given national park status due to lack of financial support, lack of infrastructure, poaching and illegal human settlements.[3][5] In July 2007, the government of Zambia started to take steps to evict illegal settlers in the park under the Provincial Development Coordinating Committee resolution. This was done so that the park could be reestablished and restocked with wildlife.[6]

Wildlife[edit]

There is little wildlife in Isangano National Park[7] and little game because of the illegal human settlements and subsistence hunting by those living in the park. Besides the various migratory species and water birds that can be found in the park, other common animals found at the park are the black lechwe, reedbuck, oribi, and sitatunga.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Parks". Zambia Wildlife Authority. Archived from the original on 20 August 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "About Northern Province". Accommodation Guide. Archived from the original on 20 August 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Isangano National Park". The Best of Zambia. Archived from the original on 20 August 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Isangano National Park". ZamTrade. Archived from the original on 20 August 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Smaller Parks". Zambia Tourism Board. Archived from the original on 20 August 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Illegal settlers on Isangano National Park to face eviction". Lusaka Times. 20 July 2007. Archived from the original on 20 August 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "National Parks". EZambia.com. Archived from the original on 20 August 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011.