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      Biosphere Reserve Information



  General Description   Located in the north-west of the Republic of Congo and about 30 km east of the Gabon border, the Odzala Biosphere Reserve comprises an undulating plateau with the Blue Water Lake Moba and many natural saltpans. Odzala is characterized by a rich variety of habitats, including primary rain forest with a closed canopy (e.g. with Entandrophragma utile, E. candollei and E. cylindricum) and open understorey layer, forests dominated by dense formations of Marantaceae, forest clearings and savannas on the hilltops (e.g. with Hymenocardia acida, Annona arenaria or Hyparrhenia diplandra). Typical forest fauna includes leopard (Panthera pardus) the lion (P. leo), the spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta), elephant (Loxodonta africana), the dwarf buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus) and the great forest hog (Hylochoerus meinertzhageni).
The biosphere reserve, which is also designated as national park, is not populated. However, three different ethnic groups (Mboko, Bakota and Mongombo) live contiguous to the area. Their main activities are traditional subsistence agriculture (manioc, corn), horticulture (bananas, sugar cane, etc.) and limited livestock raising
  Major ecosystem type   Tropical humid forests
  Major habitats & land cover types  
  Location   035' to 105'N; 1440' to 1505'E
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   110,000
  Core area(s)  
  Buffer zone(s)  
  Transition area(s) when given  
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   +400 to +600
  Year designated   1977
  Administrative authorities   Parc national d'Odzala
  Brief description  
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   n.a.
  Biodiversity   Forest systems.
  Socio-economic   n.a.
  Integrated monitoring   n.a.
  Contact address    
Parc National d'Odzala
B.P. 2153

Last updated: 19/01/1999

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