Dja Faunal Reserve
The Dja Faunal Reserve covers one of the largest and best protected rainforests in Africa.
It is a wilderness barely disturbed by man, with rich and often rare fauna. This includes over 107 mammals and more than 320 bird species. It is a habitat for the vulnerable western lowland gorilla and endangered western chimpanzee.
The reserve is almost completely surrounded by the Dja River, a contributary to the Congo River. It covers 5,260 square kilometres. The landscape within the enclosed area consists of a fairly flat plateau.
Dja Faunal Reserve is also recognized as an Important Bird Area (IBA), a globally important habitat for the conservation of birds populations. The globally threatened Grey-necked Picathartes and the endemic Rachel's Malimbe and Forest Swallow are among the most notable birds found here.
Peter Howard - November 2010
I recently visited Dja to photograph and carry out research for a forthcoming book about Africa's natural world heritage sites. If you are interested in my comments on this visit or would like to see a slideshow of my photographs of Dja please visit:
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Full name: Dja Faunal Reserve
1987 - InscribedReasons for inscription
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- 'Threatened' by Dams Mekin Dam
- Chimpanzee habitat
- Crocodiles two species of crocodile, one being the African long-snouted crocodile (unep)
- Elephants African elephant (forest elephant)
- Endemic Bird Species Cameroon and Gabon lowlands EBA, Dja Faunal Reserve IBA: Grey-necked Picathartes (Picathartes oreas), Forest Swallow (Hirundo fuliginosa), Rachel's Malimbe (Malimbus racheliae)
- Gorilla habitat Western lowland gorilla
- High-Biodiversity Wilderness Area Congo Basin
- Strepsirrhini southern needle-clawed bushbaby, Gabon bushbaby, dwarf bushbaby, potto, golden angwantibo
- Coffee coffee plantations within the park abandoned in 1946
- Natural sites with indigenous human population "Two small populations of Baka pygmies live within the Reserve in small encampments, maintaining an essentially traditional semi-nomadic lifestyle"
- Pygmy Peoples "A population of pygmies lives within the reserve, in small sporadic encampments, maintaining an essentially traditional lifestyle." (UNESCO). This link is to a study of 2001 into the lives of the Baka pygmies:
- Traditional Hunting "A population of pygmies live within the reserve in small sporadic encampments, and are free to hunt within the reserve using traditional methods." (AB)