Dja Faunal Reserve
(c) Peter Howard, africannaturalheritage.org
The Dja Faunal Reserve covers one of the largest and best protected rainforests in Africa. It is a wilderness barely disturbed by man, with rich and often rare fauna. This includes over 107 mammals and more than 320 bird species. It is a habitat for the vulnerable western lowland gorilla and endangered western chimpanzee.
The reserve is almost completely surrounded by the Dja River, a contributary to the Congo River. It covers 5,260 square kilometres. The landscape within the enclosed area consists of a fairly flat plateau.
Mammals like the African elephant, leopard, warthog, African forest buffalo, African long-snouted crocodile and various species of monkey live in this protected area.
Dja Faunal Reserve is also recognized as an Important Bird Area (IBA), a globally important habitat for the conservation of birds populations. The globally threatened Grey-necked Picathartes and the endemic Rachel's Malimbe and Forest Swallow are among the most notable birds found here.
|Peter Howard (Kenya):|
I recently visited Dja to photograph and carry out research for a forthcoming book about Africa's natural world heritage sites. If you are interested in my comments on this visit or would like to see a slideshow of my photographs of Dja please visit:
| Date posted: November 2010|
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