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Wologizi mountains


Country/territory: Liberia

IBA Criteria met: A1, A2, A3 (2001)
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Area: 20,200 ha

Protection status:

Society for the Conservation of Nature of Liberia

Site description
The Wologizi mountains are an isolated area of upland located in north-west of the country, to the south of the town of Voinjama. The area includes Liberia’s highest mountain, Mount Wuteve (Wutuwi) at 1,447 m, as well as several other peaks, including Mount Balagizi (1,100 m). The mountains extend for 22 km with spurs reaching up to 5 km on either side of the ridge. Slopes on the ridge are exceedingly steep and in places form sheer cliffs up to 100 m high. Lower parts are covered with relatively open forest in which trees such as Lophira, Pycnanthus, Tarrietia, Albizia, Samanea and Cryptosepalum spp. are common. With increasing altitude, tree-height decreases and the understorey becomes denser. Above 1,000 m the dominant tree species—Parinari and Ouratea spp.—are stunted and short, and areas of dense bush and grass are more common. The foothills and lower valleys are surrounded by large areas of savanna woodland.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species.

Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals include Loxodonta africana (EN) and Pan troglodytes (EN).


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Wologizi mountains. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 23/07/2019.