Pendjari

The Pendjari Biosphere Reserve covers a diversity of plant formations such as grassy, shrubby, woodland and forested savannahs, as well as open forests and gallery forests.

Declaration Date : 30 June 1986
Surface Area : 480.000 ha
Administrative Division : Atacora Province

Ecological Characteristics

The Pendjari Biosphere Reserve covers a diversity of plant formations such as grassy, shrubby, woodland and forested savannahs, as well as open forests and gallery forests.

These formations provide a varied habitat to the many species of fauna. Most of the large mammals living in this part of West Africa are to be found in the reserve: Lions, elephants and buffalos can be seen quite easily, leopards are to be found but are harder to observe. Others pecies are the cheetah and the African wild dog.

The reserves also home to some ten species of antelopes, among them the topi and the sable antelope and other species including the hippopotamus.

In addition to these mammal populations, the reserve hosts over 460 species of birds. The Nile crocodile is also to be found in the reserve.

Human Activities

Agriculture

Small-scale animal husbandry

Fishing

Protection Classification

On a national level: National park and hunting areas


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                                                                                           Last updated : August 2011

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