Ruvubu National Park

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Ruvubu National Park
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
A map of Burundi showing the location of Ruvubu National Park
A map of Burundi showing the location of Ruvubu National Park
LocationBurundi
Nearest cityMuyinga
Coordinates3°06′40″S 30°22′23″E / 3.111°S 30.373°E / -3.111; 30.373Coordinates: 3°06′40″S 30°22′23″E / 3.111°S 30.373°E / -3.111; 30.373
Area508 km2 (196 sq mi)
Official nameParc National de la Ruvubu
Designated14 March 2013
Reference no.2148[1]

Ruvubu National Park is the largest national park in Burundi covering 508 square kilometres (196 sq mi).[2] Its borders fall within the provinces of Karuzi, Muyinga, Cankuzo and Ruyigi.

The Ruvubu National Park gets its name from the Ruvubu River which runs through the length of the park.[3] The park is the last vestige of the natural grassland ecosystem which once covered the vast majority of the northeast part of Burundi. It is home to a number of wildlife species, most notably hippopatamus, Nile crocodile, Cape buffalo, waterbuck, numerous duiker species, five primate species, including olive baboon, vervet monkey, red colobus monkey, blue monkey, and Senegal bushbaby. Approximately 200 species of birds have been recorded in the park.[4]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parc National de la Ruvubu". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  2. ^ Pitcher, Gemma; David Andrew; Kate Armstrong; James Bainbridge (2007). Africa. Lonely Planet. p. 616. ISBN 1-74104-482-0.
  3. ^ INECN (1990). La Preservation de Notre Patrimoine Naturel. Les Presses Lavigerie, Bujumbura.
  4. ^ INECN (1990). La Preservation de Notre Patrimoine Naturel. Les Presses Lavigerie, Bujumbura.