Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary

Senegal - Classic Senegal

When it comes to observing wildlife in Senegal, the first place to consider is Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary located on the Senegal River Delta.

A wetland oasis for wildlife, comprising a large lake surrounded by streams, ponds and backwaters, this park forms a living but fragile sanctuary for some four hundred species of birds, such as the purple heron, the white pelican, the African spoonbill, the great egret and the cormorant.

In 2000, this park was added to the list of World Heritage in Danger sites, since the invasive plant species, the giant salvinia, floating on the water was killing its native plants, and cutting off natural resources for the birds and mammals.

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