Southern National Park

Country/territory: South Sudan

IBA criteria met: A3 (2001)
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Area: 2,300,000 ha

Site description (2001 baseline)
Southern National Park is situated on an ironstone plateau in the south-west of the country, south of the town of Wau and west of Bor. The park is bounded to the west by the Sue river and to the east by the Maridi river, while the Ibba river bisects it north–south. It consists of gently undulating country with low ranges of hills separated by the three parallel northward-flowing rivers and mostly covered with savanna woodland. It is in an area of low human population, poor soils and a high incidence of tsetse fly.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Table 2 for key species.

Non-bird biodiversity: The following mammals of global conservation concern occur, or used to do so: Loxodonta africana (EN), Panthera leo (VU), Lycaon pictus (EN), Syncerus caffer (LR/cd), Giraffa camelopardalis (LR/cd), Alcelaphus buselaphus (LR/cd), Kobus ellipsiprymnus (LR/cd), K. kob (LR/cd), Redunca redunca (LR/cd), Damaliscus lunatus (LR/cd), Hippotragus equinus (LR/cd), Tragelaphus derbianus (LR/nt), T. spekii (LR/nt) and Cephalophus rufilatus (LR/cd).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Southern National Park. Downloaded from on 01/03/2024.