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World's most endangered sites: Senegal: Niokolo-Koba National Park

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Senegal: Niokolo-Koba National Park

This national park represents all the unique ecosystems of the Sudanese bioclimatic zone, including forests, lush savannas, waterways, and rocky hills. These diverse habitats provide shelter for countless wildlife—from lions (said to be the largest in Africa) and leopards to chimps and Derby eland, the largest antelope in the world—and bloom with more than 1,500 plant species. Threats from poaching, illegal livestock grazing, bush fires, and the drying of ponds landed the park on the Danger List in 2007. —Sandra Ramani


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