Arli National Park

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Arli National Park
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
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Arli National Park with view on the river Arli
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IUCN Protected Areas of the WAP complex
Location Burkina Faso
Nearest city Diapaga
Coordinates 11°35′N 1°28′E / 11.583°N 1.467°E / 11.583; 1.467Coordinates: 11°35′N 1°28′E / 11.583°N 1.467°E / 11.583; 1.467
World Heritage Site
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Official name W-Arly-Pendjari Complex
Criteria Natural: (ix), (x) Edit this on Wikidata
Reference 749bis-003
Inscription 2017 (41st Session)

Arli National Park often called Arly is a national park located in southeastern Burkina Faso. It adjoins Benin's Pendjari National Park in the South and the Singou Reserve in the West.

The Arli National Park is set in 760 square kilometres with a wide variety of habitats, ranging from the gallery forests of the Arli and Pendjari rivers to savanna woodland and sandstone hills of the Gobnangou chain. It is home to around 200 elephants, 200 hippos and 100 lion. There are also buffalo, baboons, red and green monkeys, warthog, boar and various antelope such as western hartebeest and roan antelope. There are also bushbucks, duikers and waterbuck.[1][2]

The park can be accessed via the N19 highway via Diapaga (in the dry season also via Pama). Arli National Park has several pools, such as Tounga where there is a waterhole and there are two pools which are often visited by up to twenty hippos.

The park was earlier a habitat for the West African wild dog (Lycaon pictus manguensis),[3] although this canid is likely extirpated from the local area due to an expanding human population and a lack of national protection.

See also[edit]


  • C. Michael Hogan. 2009. Painted Hunting Dog: Lycaon pictus,, ed. N. Stromberg
  • K. Manson and J. Knight. 2006. Burkina Faso, p. 196, Bradt Travel Guides, The Globe Pequot Press Inc., Retrieved on June 17, 2008
  • Ouédraogo, O.; M. Schmidt; A. Thiombiano; K. Hahn; S. Guinko; G. Zizka. 2011. Magnoliophyta, Arly National Park, Tapoa, Burkina Faso. Check List 7(1):85-100 [1]
  • Africa Tour Operators, [2]

Line notes[edit]

  1. ^ K. Manson and J. Knight. 2006
  2. ^ UNEP Protected areas
  3. ^ C. Michael Hogan. 2009