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Okapi Wildlife Reserve - DR Congo

 

In Danger 1997 to presentMap showing the location of the Okapi Wildlife Reserve world heritage site in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Area: 13,700 km2

 

Inscribed: 1996

Criteria: (x) biodiversity

Values: The Okapi Wildlife Reserve covers about a fifth of the ancient Ituri Forest in north-eastern DRC - an area which survived as rainforest during the last Ice Age, and consequently became a ‘centre of endemism' from which species spread as the climate warmed and forests expanded.  It is an area of exceptionally high biodiversity, with more diurnal primate species than any other African forest (13spp) and a high level of species endemism.  Its main claim to fame, however, is as the home of about 20% of the world's okapi - an extraordinary ‘forest giraffe' only discovered in 1901 and only known from the DRC.  The reserve is inhabited by traditional pygmy hunter-gathering people of the Mbuti and Efe ethnic groups.

 

 

 

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Twisted lianes cling to the giant rainforest trees in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve world heritage site in the Democratic Republic of CongoThe Okapi is unique to the northeastern parts of the Congo Basin rainforests, where the Okapi Faunal Reserve world heritage site provides it sanctuaryMbuti and Efe pygmy hunter-gatherer peoples inhabit the Okapi Wildlife Reserve world heritage site, part of the Ituri Forest in the north-eastern Democratic Republic of CongoThe Okapi is one of Africa's rarest mammals, surviving in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve world heritage site and adjacent parts of the Ituri Forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo

 

 

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