Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve
|Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve|
Arunn picking fruit
|Nearest city||Yekepa, Bossou and N'Zoo|
|Designated||1981 (5th session)|
|State Party||Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire and Liberia|
Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve is a protected area and UNESCO World Heritage Site in both Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire. A further extension of the reserve to include areas in Liberia has also been proposed. The park includes significant portions of Mount Nimba, a geographically unique area with more than 200 endemic species. These species include multiple types of duikers, big cats, civets, chimpanzees, and several types of viviparous toads.
The strict nature reserve was established in 1943 by Order No. 4190 SE/F in Côte d'Ivoire and in 1944 by decree in Guinea. The Guinean part was accepted as a biosphere reserve in 1980. Both reserves combined form one World Heritage site since 1981 (Guinea) and 1982 (Côte d'Ivoire).
Mount Nimba serves as refugium for numerous Western African species. Mountains contain species rich tropical forest at the height of 600 – 1000 m and montane grassland at the heights exceeding 1000 m. Here have been found more than 2000 species of vascular plants.
There is a local conservation and management center planned by Guinean Park Foundation.
- APES MAPPER
- UNESCO Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve Site
- WCMC Natural Site Data Sheet
- Act Establishing East Nimba Nature Reserve - Republic of Liberia
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