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Cameroon

BENOUÉ

 
       
  General Description   Benoué Biosphere Reserve is located on the Bénoué River plain, at the foot of the Adomaoua plateau in Cameroon. Mount Garoua (1,100 meters above sea level) represents the highest elevation in the area. Major ecosystems include tropical woodland savanna and dry open forests, comprising most wildlife associated with a sudano-guinean vegetation type. Mammals include elephant (Loxodonta africana), lion (Panthera leo), leopard (P. pardus), hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) and black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis). The area is also designated as national park.
The local population mostly depends on cotton and traditional cultivation, stock raising, hunting and fishing. The collection of firewood, poaching and bushfires are major threats to the biosphere reserve. Studies have been carried out on the flora and fauna of the national park as well as on land use systems and development potentials of the periphery zone of the area.
  Major ecosystem type   Tropical dry or deciduous forests or woodlands
  Major habitats & land cover types  
  Location   7°55' to 8°55'N; 13°34' to 14°01'E
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   180,000
  Core area(s)  
  Buffer zone(s)  
  Transition area(s) when given  
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   +800 to +1,100
  Year designated   1981
  Administrative authorities   Parc national de la Benoué


Last updated: 10/9/2007

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