ComoéNational Park
ComoéNational Park
Natural Côte D'ivoire Africa Northeast Region, Bouna And Ferkessedougou Prefectures, Bouna, Kong, Nassian And Tehin Sub-prefectures

One of the largest protected areas in West Africa, this park is characterized by its great plant diversity.

It is one of the few remaining natural areas in the region that is large enough to ensure the ecological integrity of the species contained within the site.

The park comprises the land between the Comoéand Volta rivers, with mean altitude of 250-300 m and a series of ridges and granite inselbergs rising to 600 m. The River Comoéand its tributaries form the principal drainage and the Comoéruns through the park for 230 km. Watercourses also drain to the Volta in the east. Permanent and semi-permanent water occurs in many places. The soils are infertile and unsuitable for cultivation in some areas.

The park contains a remarkable variety of habitats and plant associations found, more often, further south, including savannah, patches of thick rainforest and riparian grasslands.

 It provides an outstanding example of an area of transitional habitat from forest to savannah. All types of savannah occur. The forest is composed of many leguminous trees. The gallery forests are dominated by Cynometra vogelii ;the patches of dense dry forest by Isoberlinia doka , Anogeissus leiocarpus , Cola cordifolia , Antiaris africana , nationally threatened Chlorophora excels , and the edible 'akee';and the flood plains by Hyparrhenia rufa .

Areas of specialized vegetation occur on the rocky inselbergs and in aquatic habitats. Comoéforms the northerly limit for some species including yellow-backed duiker and bongo. There are a large number of mammal species with 11 species of monkey including anubis baboon, green monkey, diana monkey, mona monkey, lesser white-nosed monkey, white collared mangabey, black and white colobus and chimpanzee;17 species of carnivore including lion and leopard;giant pangolin, aardvark and rock hyrax;and 21 species of artiodactyl including bushpig, warthog, hippopotamus, bushbuck, sitatunga, buffalo, red-flanked duiker, waterbuck, kob, roan antelope and oribi. Birds include 10 species of heron, ducks, raptors, plovers and francolins, hammerkop, black-winged stilt, four of the six West African stork species, and five of the six West African vulture species.