Top five African world heritage sites in danger

Fredrick Ngugi November 30, 2017
Manovo-Gounda St. Floris National Park

Manovo-Gounda St. Floris National Park in Central African Republic. Photo credit: UNESCO World Heritage Center

Manovo-Gounda St. Floris National Park, Central African Republic

Located in Bamingui-Bangoran in Central African Republic, near its border with Chad, the Manovo-Gounda St. Floris National Park has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988. It boasts diverse flora and fauna, including prominent animal species such as black rhinos, Sudan cheetahs, red-fronted gazelles, and lions.

Due to human interferences like illegal poaching and periodic droughts, rare wildlife in the park is being wiped out at an unprecedented rate. In fact, the popular Western Black Rhinos that were indigenous to CAR are now extinct thanks to heavily armed poachers who have been invading the park frequently, harvesting almost 80 percent of the park’s wildlife.

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