Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary covers wetlands habitats that are staging and wintering areas for migrating birds which have just crossed the Sahara. From September to April, an estimated three million migrants pass through, joining a dense population of resident breeding birds.

Of almost 400 species of birds, the most visible are pelicans and flamingos. Less conspicuous are the Aquatic Warblers migrating here from Europe; for these, the park is the single most important wintering site yet discovered.

A wide range of other wildlife also inhabits the park. This includes jackals, crocodiles, gazelles and manatee.


Community Reviews

Tony - May 2014

Djoudj National Park is famous for its birds. I visited the park in april 2014 and a lot of birds still were there; we did it with a day trip from ST. Louis. Than we did a three hour boat trip on the water. Besides birds we saw warthogs, varanes and crocodiles. After that we did a trip with our bus to look for more birds from lookouts, but this was a disappointment.

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Site Info

Full name: Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary

Site History

  • 2006 - Removed from Danger list

  • 2000 - In Danger

    Threat by the introduced species Salvinia molesta
  • 1988 - Removed from Danger list

  • 1984 - In Danger

    threatened by a large hydro-agricultural project
  • 1981 - Inscribed

    Reasons for inscription
  • 1980 - Deferred

  • 1979 - Deferred

    Bureau - lack of documentation or Info
  • 1978 - Deferred

    Bureau - More info needed on possible dam construction


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  • Holocene A wetland area of lakes, ponds and bayous situated within the Senegal River Delta, which has developed across the Holocene period following a "Marine Transgression" around 5500BP which created a large bay, subsequently filled by sediment brought down by the river. See Section 2.1 and map of changing shoreline here -

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