Lopé National Park

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Lopé National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Lopé National Park river crop.jpg
View of Lopé National Park
Location Gabon
Coordinates 0°30′00″S 11°30′00″E / 0.500°S 11.500°E / -0.500; 11.500Coordinates: 0°30′00″S 11°30′00″E / 0.500°S 11.500°E / -0.500; 11.500
Area 4910 km²
Established 2002
Governing body Gabon National Parks
Official name: Ecosystem and Relict Cultural Landscape of Lopé-Okanda
Type: Mixed
Criteria: iii, iv, ix, x
Designated: 2007 (31st session)
Reference No. 1147
State Party: Gabon
Region: Africa

Lopé National Park is a national park in central Gabon. Although the terrain is mostly rain forest, in the north the park contains the last remnants of grass savannas created in Central Africa during the last Ice Age, 15,000 years ago. It was the first protected area in Gabon when the Lopé-Okanda Wildlife Reserve was created in 1946. In 2007, the Lopé-Okanda landscape was added to the World Heritage List by UNESCO.

The park contains a small research station, named as Mikongo and run by the Zoological Society London, based in the village known as Mikongo, from which it gets its name. There exists infrastructure to cater for tourists at the base, including several chalets and a large open air dining room, from which the rainforest is a mere five meters away.[1]

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