Monday, September 14, 2015

DR Congo ~Garamba National Park - UNESCO ~

...No better way to start the week than with this little gem ♥ country! new national park! new UNESCO site!...just an amazing view... but so sad to read on the Internet that civil war, unrest and the prevalence of highly militarised terrorist groups within the park have placed it under immense pressure, with rampant ivory and bushmeat poaching having a devastating impact on wildlife population...
Thanks a million Maick!!☺ (A Journey of Postcards )
Garamba National Park, located in the north-eastern corner of the DR of Congo was established in 1938. One of Africa's oldest National parks, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980. Garamba is (or at least was) the home to the world's last known wild population of Northern White Rhinoceros. Due to poaching of the rhinos within the park, it was added to the list of World Heritage in Danger in 1996.

From backside postcard:
The park's immense Savannah's, grasslands and woodlands interspersed with gallery forests along the river banks and the swampy depressions, are home to four large mammals: the elephant, giraffe, hippopotamus and above all the white rhinoceros. Though much larger than the black rhino, it is harmless; only some 30 individuals remain...


Joseph Kabila
(Issued 25-10-2002)

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