Benoué

Benoué Biosphere Reserve is located on the Benoué River plain, at the foot of the Adomaoua plateau in Cameroon.

Declaration Date: 1981
Surface Area: 180,000
Administrative Division: Parc National de la Benoué

Ecological Characteristics

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 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.

Human Activities

The local population mostly depends on cotton and traditional cultivation, stock raising, hunting and fishing.


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                                                                                            Last updated: August 2011

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