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W National Park of Niger
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Type of site: Natural
Date: Neolithic times
Date of Inscription: 1996
Location: Africa, Niger, Départment de Tillaberi, arrondisement de Say
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Description: Niger’s portion of the 'W' National Park lies in a transition zone between savannah and forest lands and characterizes vital West African Woodland/Savannah Biogeographical Province ecosystem characteristics. The site displays the interaction between natural resources and humans that has taken place since Neolithic times; it also demonstrates this zone’s evolution of biodiversity. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  The W National Park (French: "W" du Niger) is a major national park in Niger around a meander in the River Niger shaped like a "W". While most of the park is in Niger it also extends through areas of Benin and Burkina Faso. Its 10,000 km² is largely uninhabited by humans. The park was created by decree on 4 August 1954. The park is known for its large mammals, including aardvarks, baboons, buffalo, caracal, cheetahs, elephants, hippopotamuses, leopards, lions, serval and warthogs. The park was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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