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Gabon
THE WILD PLACES

 

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INTRODUCTION:

There is fantastic news coming from the Central African country of Gabon. Gabon previously has had no national parks or preserved wilderness areas. Now however the country is moving toward having 13 national parks that are completely open for eco-tourism. All up the new parks take in some 10% of the country or 28 500 square kilometres of pristine wilderness.

This amazing system of national parks protects an incredible array of wildlife, including Gorillas, Mandrills, Chimpanzees, Elephants, Crocodiles, Sitatungas and Hippos.

The parks can all be accessed via the Gabonese capital of Libreville, with both the Pongara and Akanda National Parks nearby.

Clearly the Gabonese government under the leadership of President Bongo is to be applauded for this extremely important move.

 

NATIONAL PARKS:

The largest of the 13 national parks is the Minkebe National Park which is in the north of the country bordering Cameroon. It protects an area of approximately 7 600 square kilometres. The park is a large area of virtually untouched rainforest with Elephants, Bongos, Buffalo, Sitatunga and Mandrills. The park has a large number of animal and bird species.

The other parks are Ivindo (with Gorillas), Pongara, Mwagne, Waka, Mouklaba-Doubou, Birougou, Mayumba, Lope (with Gorillas), Loango, Bateke Plateaux, Monts de Cristal and Akanda National Parks.

For more detailed information on the new national parks that are being set up in the nation of Gabon, visit the following web site:

 

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UPDATED: 26 April 2014

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