Waza

Waza biosphere reserve is located in the Chad depression in the extreme north of Cameroon.

Declaration Date: 2010
Surface Area: 760,144.1 ha
Administrative Division
: Kafa Zone Administration, in association with Chena Woreda, Decha Woreda, Gimbo, Woreda, Gewata Woreda, Adiyo Woreda, Bita Woreda, Bonga Town Administration Guanica.

Ecological Characteristics

This biosphere reserve is located in the Chad depression in the extreme north of Cameroon.

The area of low relief does not have any permanent rivers. The rocky outcrops around Waza village rise to over 500 meters. Lake Chad once covered part of the area.

The vegetation comprises open combretaceous shrub savanna, Anogeissus leiocarpus woodland on sandy soil, Lannea humilis open grass savanna and Acacia seyal tree savanna on black clay soils which are saturated with water in the rainy season.

The latter vegetation type is slowly spreading as the area gradually dries out.

The Yaéré floodplains with perennial grasses are vital to the carrying capacity of the Waza region.

The fauna is rich and varied with large numbers of giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), elephant (Loxodonta africana), aardvark(Orycteropus afer) and warthog (Phacochoerus aethiopicus). To wards the end of the dry season, many animals move to the Yaéré plains.

Human Activities

There are some villages in the park.


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                                                                                            Last updated: August 2011

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