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Gambia Game and Nature Reserve

River Gambia National Park (also known as Baboon Island) consists off five islands in the Gambia River. It’s home to a primate protection project that helps once-captured chimpanzees to live in the wild again. Visitors are not allowed to land on the islands, but touring them by boat is pleasant enough.

Bao Bolong Wetland Reserve is a national park in the Gambia. Established in 1996 it covers 220 square kilometres. The Wetland Reserve is located on the north bank of the River Gambia, approximately 100 km (52 nautical miles) from the river mouth. The name is derived from the Bao Bolon tributary.

Kiang West National Park is one of the largest and most important wildlife reserves in the Gambia. It was declared a national park in 1987 and is managed by the Gambia Department of Parks and Wildlife Management. The park covers an area of 11,526 hectares, and is located on the south bank of the Gambia River, in the Lower River Division in the Kiang West District. The park is located about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) away from Tendaba village, 145 kilometres (90 mi) from the Gambian capital city Banjul, and 100 kilometres (62 mi) from the Gambian coastline. The Gambia River marks the park’s northern boundary.

The Niumi National Park, which was gazetted in 1986, under section 5.2 of the Wildlife Conservation Act of 1977, is a protected marine delta, in the North Bank Region of the Lower Niumi District of The Gambia, in West Africa. The delta covers the northern section of the River Gambia, the southern section of the Saloum Delta National Park, in Senegal, and locally covers an area of 4,900 hectares (49 square kilometres). The nature reserve also includes a broad section of the Atlantic Ocean, and is home to a wide range of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and invertebrates, such as dolphins, hyenas, manatee, butterflies, leopards, egrets, tilapia, antelopes and lizards.

Abuko is rare among African wildlife reserves: it’s tiny, it’s easy to reach, you don’t need a car to go in, and it’s well managed, with an amazing diversity of vegetation and animals-and it is possibly the mightiest of Gambia’s national parks. More than 250 bird species have been recorded in its environs, making it one of the region’s best bird-watching haunts. Among the 52 mammal species calling Abuko home are bushbucks, duikers, porcupines, bush babies and ground squirrels as well as three monkey types: green or vervet monkeys, endangered western red colobus monkeys and patas monkeys. The reserve is particularly famous for its Nile crocodiles and other slithering types.

 

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