Radom National Park

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Radom National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Map showing the location of Radom National Park
Map showing the location of Radom National Park
Coordinates 9°10′N 24°0′E / 9.167°N 24.000°E / 9.167; 24.000Coordinates: 9°10′N 24°0′E / 9.167°N 24.000°E / 9.167; 24.000
Established 1980

Radom National Park (alternate Al-Radom Reserve)[1] is a biosphere reserve in South Darfur, Sudan, Africa. It is 1,250,970 hectares (3,091,200 acres) in size.[2] The Adda and Umblasha Rivers form the park’s northern and southern boundaries.[3] Contiguous to Radom is the Andre Felix National Park of the Central African Republic.[3] Established as a park, it was designated in 1979 as a member of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

Rivers, streams, and permanent pools cover much of the park, which is characterized as a wooded savannah. Approximately 90% of the habitat is shrubland, while the remainder is forest.[3] Annual rainfall ranges between 900–1,700 millimetres (35–67 in); the mean annual relative humidity ranges between 57-65%; and the average annual temperature is 16-27 C. Major villages within the park include: Radom, Mesheitir, Bireikat, Um Gudul, Songo, al Hufra, Bimeza, Deim Gushara, Chili West, Majid, Dafag, Titribi, Kafindibei West, Kafindibei East, Amara, Um Hugaar, Kafiakingi, Karmandoura, and Shioulla.

Conservation issues[edit]

The park has suffered from commercial game poaching. Subsequent to the country's 1985 famine era, the Tora Hartebeest completely disappeared from the park.[4] The defassa waterbuck has also disappeared from the park.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Antiquities and Tourism". Embassy of Sudan - the Hague. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "Biosphere Reserve Information - Sudan - Radom". UNESCO, MAB. August 7, 2007. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "SD012 Radom". birdlife.org. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Hassan, Tarig Tag Elsir; Ameer Awad Mohammed; Nasir Yousif Gaboush (November 2005). "Sustainable Utilization of Wildlife Resources In Radom Biosphere Reserve (Final Report)" (PDF). UNESCO. pp. 6, 7, 13, 15. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  5. ^ East, Rod; International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Antelope Specialist Group (1 June 1999). African antelope database 1998. IUCN. pp. 65, 175–. ISBN 978-2-8317-0477-7. Retrieved 6 August 2011.