R.D. Congo: National Parks
Wildlife conservation has become a priority in The Democratic Republic of Congo. ICCN“Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature” and conservation-oriented organisations are working with the local communities in order to preserve and protect wildlife.
Virunga National Park: The oldest national park of Africa, with 7 900 km², home to mountain gorillas, mountain elephants, a variety of bird life etc.
Garamba National Park: with 4 920 km², home to the rare nothern white rhinos, giraffes, elephants centre.
Kahuzi-Biega National Park: with 6 000 km², home of the eastern lowland gorillas, chimpanzees, forest elephants etc.
Kundelungu National Parc: with an area of 7 600 km, home to the world fastest animal the cheetahs, chimpanzees, is the only place in D.R.Congo where zebras and plains antilopes can be seen. It has one of the most spectacular water falls in Africa of “Lofoi” 384 m.
Maiko National Park: with 10 830 km², home to the rare okapis, Congo peackocks, forest elephants, the eastern lowland gorillas etc.
Mangroves National Park: with 768 km², a designed wetland site, it consists of coastal and river waters, islands ponds and swamps. Home to nine endergered mammals which include manatee etc.
Salonga National Park: covers an area of 36 000 km², home to many species of primates include the rare bonobo, hippopotamus etc.
Upemba National Park: with 17 730 km², is populated by lions, leopard, elephants, zebras etc.
The Okapi Wildlife Reserve of Epulu: covers an area 13 762 km², contain great biodiversity, including many rare and endemic species, and is listed by UNESCO as World Heritage.