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Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary covers wetlands habitats that are staging and wintering areas for migrating birds which have just crossed the Sahara. From September to April, an estimated three million migrants pass through, joining a dense population of resident breeding birds.

Of almost 400 species of birds, the most visible are pelicans and flamingos. Less conspicuous are the Aquatic Warblers migrating here from Europe; for these, the park is the single most important wintering site yet discovered.

A wide range of other wildlife also inhabits the park. This includes jackals, crocodiles, gazelles and manatee.


Tony (Belgiƫ):
Djoudj National Park is famous for its birds. I visited the park in april 2014 and a lot of birds still were there; we did it with a day trip from ST. Louis. Than we did a three hour boat trip on the water. Besides birds we saw warthogs, varanes and crocodiles. After that we did a trip with our bus to look for more birds from lookouts, but this was a disappointment.
Date posted: May 2014

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Site info

Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary
Country: Senegal
Inscribed: 1981
Natural Heritage
Criteria:  (7) (10)
Category: Wildlife habitat, Fauna

Site history:
2006Removed from Danger list
2000In Danger
Threat by the introduced species Salvinia molesta
1988Removed from Danger list
1984In Danger
threatened by a large hydro-agricultural project
1981 Inscribed
Reasons for inscription
Bureau - lack of documentation or Info
Bureau - More info needed on possible dam construction

Site links

Official website:
»Le parc national du Djoudj

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» More about Djoudj by UNEP.

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Animal Migrations . Crocodiles . Siraneans . Strepsirrhini .
On National Border . River deltas . Sahel .
Holocene .
WHS on Other Lists
Ramsar Wetlands .
World Heritage Process
Former In Danger List sites . Twice on the endangered list .

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