Korup National Park, UNESCO, Cameroon
Korup National Park, located in Southwest Cameroon, covers 126,900 ha of forest, most of which is evergreen forest. The forest has never been logged. The park was created in 1986 and includes the former Korup Forest Reserve, established under British mandate in the 1930s. It is now under the administration of the Department of Wildlife and Protected Areas in the Ministry of Environment and Forests. Korup became part of the TEAM Network in 2011.
Korup is located 60 km inland from the Atlantic Ocean, and 10 km from the border with Nigeria. It is 5 degrees above the equator. KNP is one of the wettest and most isolated remnants of the Atlantic coastal forest that once spread all the way from the Niger delta to Gabon. The climate is pseudo-equatorial and very wet, with 5300 mm of rainfall annually. The area has a distinct dry season in December-February and an intense wet season from May-October. Rainfall is heaviest in August, and can exceed 1000 mm.
The park has sandy soils that are very poor due to nutrient leaching by heavy rainfall. Very large granite boulders are typical for the park and form tourist attractions.
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