Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve

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Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve
Voa Guinea chimpanzee picking 30jan08.jpg
Chimpanzee picking fruit
Nearest city Yekepa, Bossou and N'Zoo
Type: Natural
Criteria: ix, x
Designated: 1981 (5th session)
Reference No. 155
State Party: Guinea, [Côte d'Ivoire]] and Liberia
Region: Africa

Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve is a protected area and UNESCO World Heritage Site in both Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire. A further extension of the reserve to include areas in Liberia has also been proposed. The park includes significant portions of Mount Nimba, a geographically unique area with more than 200 endemic species. These species include multiple types of duikers, big cats, civets, Chimpanzees, and several types of viviparous toads.

History[edit]

The strict nature reserve was established in 1943 by Order No. 4190 SE/F in Côte d'Ivoire and in 1944 by decree in Guinea. The Guinean part was accepted as a biosphere reserve in 1980. Both reserves combined form one World Heritage site since 1981 (Guinea) and 1982 (Côte d'Ivoire). [1]

Mount Nimba serves as refugium for numerous Western African species. Mountains contain species rich tropical forest at the height of 600 - 1000 m and montane grassland at the heights exceeding 1000 m.[2] Here have been found more than 2000 species of vascular plants.

The nearest major settlements are the town Yekepa to the west in Liberia, Bossou and N'Zoo in Guinea.

Trivia[edit]

One of the 4 honey buzzards of Kempen-Broek that are equipped with GPS trackers passed this national park on 13 November 2013. [3]

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Coordinates: 7°36′11″N 8°23′28″W / 7.603°N 8.391°W / 7.603; -8.391