Rwanda's Nyungwe National Park Becomes UNESCO World Heritage Site

Innoventia Africa – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has inscribed Rwanda’s Nyungwe National Park to the World Heritage Site, the UN agency announced on Tuesday.

This serial property represents an important area for rainforest conservation in Central Africa, according to UNESCO.

Nyungwe National Park is home to intact forests, peat bogs, moors, thickets, and grasslands, providing habitats to a highly diverse flora and fauna.

The park also contains the most significant natural habitats for a number of species found nowhere else in the world, including the globally threatened Eastern Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii), Golden Monkey (Cercopithecus mitis ssp. kandti), and the Critically Endangered Hills Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus hillorum).

There are also 12 mammal and seven bird species that are globally threatened, and with 317 species of birds recorded, Nyungwe National Park is one of the most important sites for bird conservation in Africa.

By Felix Tih

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