Mare aux Hippopotames

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Mare aux Hippopotames
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Map at entrance
Location Burkina Faso
Nearest city Bala
Area 163 km²
Established 1937

The Mare aux Hippopotames (Lake of Hippopotamuses) is a lake and national park in Burkina Faso, created in 1937 and designated in 1977 as the only UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the nation. The park was created around a freshwater lake and includes surrounding pools and marches in the flood plain of the Black Volta River, and surrounding forests. The park is home to about 100 hippos; about 1000 eco-tourists visit each year.[citation needed] It is located about 60 kilometers (37 mi) north of Bobo-Dioulasso, and is itself about 163 square kilometres (63 sq mi) in size.

Mare aux Hippopotames is among the wetlands of international importance as defined by the Ramsar Convention.[1]

Mare aux Hippopotames


  1. ^ World Conservation Monitoring Centre (1991). Protected areas of the world: a review of national systems, Volume 2. IUCN. p. 10. ISBN 2-8317-0092-2. 

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