Zémongo Faunal Reserve

Year of compilation: 2001

Site description
Zémongo, in the east of the country, bordering the Sudan, is essentially Sudan–Guinea savanna with gallery forest lining many of the watercourses that traverse the area, but no vegetation survey appears to have been undertaken.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Table 3 for key species. No bird observations are available specifically from the National Park itself, but some 95 species have been recorded from an adjacent area of gallery forest to the south, west of Baroua (the result of three weeks’ survey). The avifauna is also likely to include a good proportion of the Sudan–Guinea Savanna biome avifauna (A04: two are known to occur) including, no doubt, a number of species at present unknown from the country.

Non-bird biodiversity: The situation within the Faunal Reserve is incompletely known, but the tremendous poaching pressure on large mammals in the safari-operated buffer zones (Haut Chinko: 1,400,000 ha) is all too well-documented. Much of this poaching is from across the Sudan border.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The Faunal Reserve is currently unadministered, but safari companies maintain some sort of stability (at least during the dry season) in some of the buffer zone.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Zémongo Faunal Reserve. Downloaded from on 16/07/2020.