W National Park
|W Transborder Park|
Mekrou River in the W-National Park
|Nearest city||Kandi (Benin), Diapaga (Burkina), Tapoa (Niger)|
|Established||August 4, 1954|
|Governing body||ECOPAS, Governments of Niger, Burkina Faso, and Benin|
|Official name: W National Park of Niger|
|Criteria:||vii, ix, x|
|Designated:||1996 (20th session)|
The W Regional Park is a major national park in West Africa. It is formed around a meander in the River Niger shaped like a "W". The park includes areas of the three countries Niger, Benin and Burkina Faso.
In the three nations, the Regional park covers about 10,000 km². Almost no people live in this area.
Fauna[change | change source]
The park is known for its large mammals, including aardvarks, baboons, buffalo, caracal, cheetahs, elephants, hippopotamuses, leopards, lions, serval and warthogs. The park has a home for some of West Africa's last wild African Elephants. The W Park used to have packs of the endangered Painted Hunting Dog. The National Park is one of the last strongholds for the Northwest African cheetah. There is a small but increasing population of at least 15-25 animals of this rare cat in the park.
The W area is also known for its bird populations. There are over 350 species identified in the park.
References[change | change source]
- Belbachir, F. (2008). Acinonyx jubatus ssp. hecki. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2008. Retrieved on 4 February 2009.
- United Nations Environment Programme-World Conservation Monitoring Centre (Content Partner); Mark McGinley (Topic Editor). 2009. "'W' National Park, Niger." In: Encyclopedia of Earth. Eds. Cutler J. Cleveland (Washington, D.C.: Environmental Information Coalition, National Council for Science and the Environment). online