Kalissaye Avifaunal Reserve

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Kalissaye Avifaunal Reserve
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Map showing the location of Kalissaye Avifaunal Reserve
Map showing the location of Kalissaye Avifaunal Reserve
Map of Senegal
Location Ziguinchor Region
Nearest city Ziguinchor
Coordinates 12°40′N 16°45′W / 12.667°N 16.750°W / 12.667; -16.750Coordinates: 12°40′N 16°45′W / 12.667°N 16.750°W / 12.667; -16.750
Area 0.16 km2
Established 1978
Visitors 0 (in 2006)

Kalissaye Avifaunal Reserve (KAR) is a small nature reserve in Senegal, located at the mouth of Kalissaye Pond in the middle of the Casamance River.

Like Basse Casamance National Park 35 km away, KAR is currently closed due to the Casamance Conflict.


On the small sandy islands making up the reserve, vegetation consists mainly of Ipomoea pes-caprae, Sporobolus spicatus, and Alternanthera maritima.


The reserve was created in 1978 to protect sea turtle and seabird colonies.

There were more than 10,000 Caspian terns (Sterna caspia) in the reserve during the 1980s, and there are also many royal terns (Thalasseus maximus) and great white pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus).

Several sea turtle species are quite populous, including loggerheads (Caretta caretta) and green turtles (Chelonia mydas).

The common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) and the African manatee (Trichechus senegalensis) are also observed in the area.

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