Mount Mikeno

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Mount Mikeno
Bukima Patrol Post.jpg
Mt. Mikeno behind the Bukima Patrol Post in Virunga National Park, DRC
Highest point
Elevation 4,437 m (14,557 ft) [1]
Coordinates 1°27′50″S 29°25′6″E / 1.46389°S 29.41833°E / -1.46389; 29.41833Coordinates: 1°27′50″S 29°25′6″E / 1.46389°S 29.41833°E / -1.46389; 29.41833
Geography
Parent range Virunga Mountains

Mount Mikeno is a dormant volcanic mountain located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo section of the Virunga Mountains along with Mount Nyiragongo, Mount Nyamuragira, Mount Karisimbi, and Mount Bisoke. At 4,437 metres (14,557 ft) Mount Mikeno is the second highest peak in the Virunga Mountains after Karisimbi, and the 13th highest mountain of Africa. Mikeno means "poor" and is so named for its harsh slopes which preclude human habitation. [2]

Mount Mikeno lies completely within Virunga National Park and is known for the critically endangered mountain gorillas that live on its slopes. [3] Expeditions to observe Mikeno's gorillas typically leave from the nearby Bukima Patrol Post. [4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Mount Mikeno" Britannica.com. Retrieved 2015-03-21.
  2. ^ Fossey 1983, pp. 40
  3. ^ "About Virunga National Park" Virguna.org. Retrieved 2015-03-21.
  4. ^ "Mountain Gorilla Treks" VisitVirguna.org. Retrieved 2015-03-21.

References[edit]

Fossey, Dian (1983), Gorillas in the Mist, New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, ISBN 0-618-08360-X