Parc National du Niokolo-Koba

Country/territory: Senegal

IBA Criteria met: A3 (2001)
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Area: 913,000 ha

Nature - Communautés - Développement
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2017 medium not assessed medium
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Site description
The park lies in south-eastern Senegal, straddling the upper Gambia river and its tributaries (the Koulountou and the Niokolo-Koba), and close to and, in part, along the international frontier with Guinea, where it is contiguous with Badiar National Park (GN001). The park is largely flat, but includes a line of low hills in the east, reaching up to around 200 m (maximum 311 m at Mont Assirik).

Key biodiversity
PNNK hosts the property remarkable and unique wildlife diversity in the subregion. There are more than 70 species of Mammals, 329 species of birds, 36 species of reptiles, 20 species of amphibians and many species of invertebrates. Big mammals include lions, leopards, Derby Elands, and 3 elephants remain in this park. There are also antelopes, monkeys, warthogs, baboons, buffaloes, hippos and crocodiles in the streams. Other important species are also present such as elephant, leopard, chimpanzee and lycaon (EN). The diversity of the flora is important with more than 1500 species of plants.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Parc National du Niokolo-Koba. Downloaded from on 31/01/2023.