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Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary
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Type of site: Natural
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Date of Inscription: 1981
Location: Africa, Senegal, Delta of the River Senegal
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Description: The 16,000 ha Djoudj Sanctuary, located in the Senegal river delta, is a wetland embracing a large lake enclosed by streams, ponds and backwaters. The site shapes a living but delicate haven for roughly 1.5 million birds (like the white pelican, the purple heron, the African spoonbill, the great egret and the cormorant). --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  The Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary (French: Parc national des oiseaux du Djoudj) lies on the southeast bank of the River Senegal in Senegal, north east of St-Louis. It provides a range of wetland habitats which prove very popular with migrating birds, many of which have just crossed the Sahara. Of almost 400 species of birds, the most visible are pelicans and flamingos. Less conspicuous are the Aquatic Warblers migrating here from Europe; for these, the park is the single most important wintering site yet discovered. A wide range of wildlife also inhabits the park, which is designated a World Heritage Site. The site was added to the list of World Heritage Sites in Danger in 2000 due to the introduction of the invasive giant salvinia plant, which threatens to choke out the park's native vegetation. However it was removed from the list in 2006. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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