Mangroves National Park

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Mangroves National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Map showing the location of Mangroves National Park
Map showing the location of Mangroves National Park
Location Democratic Republic of the Congo
Coordinates 5°45′S 12°45′E / 5.750°S 12.750°E / -5.750; 12.750Coordinates: 5°45′S 12°45′E / 5.750°S 12.750°E / -5.750; 12.750
Area 768 km²
Established 1992
Governing body l'Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN)

Mangroves National Park (also Parc Marine or Muanda Marine Reserve) is a protected area and Ramsar wetland in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is the country's only marine park and is notable for its mangrove forests. It provides protection to the endangered manatee population situated at the mouth of the Congo River.[1] These mangroves are distinct from the ones found in south Asia. They form a separate type of mangrove forests, which are typical to the Democratic Republic of Congo.[citation needed] The park was established in 1992.[1]

Geography[edit]

At 768 km2 (297 sq mi) in size, Mangroves National Park is DR Congo's smallest protected area.[1]

Flora and fauna[edit]

In addition to the manatee, the area supports hippos, crocodile, snake,[1] and Southern reedbuck; bushbuck may be present.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Rorison, Sean (2008). Bradt Congo: Democratic Republic - Republic. Bradt Travel Guides. pp. 120–121. ISBN 978-1-84162-233-0. 
  2. ^ East, Rod (1990). Antelopes: West and Central Africa. 1990. International Union for Conservation of Nature. pp. 131, 135–. ISBN 978-2-8317-0016-8. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 

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