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The Niokolo Koba National Park

The Niokolo Koba National Park is situated in southeastern Senegal. With a size of more than 9000 km² it is one of the largest national parks of West Africa. Founded in 1954, it was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1981, and was added to the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2007. The average annual rainfall is 1000-1100mm and is mostly concentrated in the rainy season from July till October. The park is located at the centre of the north-south range of the Guinea baboons. Vegetation varies from a southern Sudanian to Guinean type with predominant savannah, more luxuriant vegetation along the courses of the rivers and a varying cover of trees and bushes. This vegetation changes its character according to topography and soils. Approximately 350 different bird species, about 80 mammals as well as 5-6 primate species can be found in the park. In addition to Guinea baboons, the park hosts chimpanzees, green monkeys, patas monkeys, Temminck’s colobus monkeys as well as Galagos.