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Garamba National Park
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Type of site: Natural Heritage in danger
Date of Inscription: 1980
Location: Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Orientale Province
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Description: The park consists of immense savannahs, grasslands and woodlands, which are intermingled with gallery forests scattered alongside the river banks and the swampy depressions. The site is home to four large mammals: the elephant, giraffe, hippopotamus and principally the white rhinoceros, of which only some 30 of these harmless individuals remain, despite being larger in size than the black rhino. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Garamba National Park, located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa, was established in 1938. One of Africa's oldest National parks, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980. Garamba is the home to the world's last known wild population of northern white rhinoceroses. Due to poaching of the rhinos within the park, it was added to the list of World Heritage Sites in danger in 1996. The park is also well known for its african elephant domestication programme started in the 1960's, which managed to train tourist-rideable animals from the naturally wild beasts. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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