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Post pictures of different african countries national wild life parks from the serengetti to the masaai mara to kruger national park
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SerengetiThe Serengeti ecosystem is a geographical region in Africa. It is located in north Tanzania and extends to south-western Kenya between latitudes 1 and 3 S and longitudes 34 and 36 E. It spans some 30,000 km2 (12,000 sq mi).
The Serengeti hosts the largest mammal migration in the world, which is one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world.
The region contains several national parks and game reserves. Serengeti is derived from the Maasai language, Maa; specifically, "Serengit" meaning "Endless Plains".
Approximately 70 larger mammal and some 500 avifauna species are found there. This high diversity in terms of species is a function of diverse habitats ranging from riverine forests, swamps, kopjes, grasslands and woodlands. Blue Wildebeests, gazelles, zebras and buffalos are some of the commonly found large mammals in the region
The Elba Protected area is an extensive and complex area comprising a number of ecosystems: The mangroves of the Red Sea, the Red Sea 22 islands, coral reefs, coastal sand dunes, coastal salt marshes, coastal desert plains and a cluster of coastal mountains (Jabal Elba, Jabal Ebruq and Al Daeeb). Jabal Elba is the single igneous mountain rising up to 1437m. Its summit is a "mist oasis" where a considerable part of precipitation is contributed in the form of dew or mist and clouds, creating unique and rare ecosystem not found anywhere else in Egypt.
The abundance of moisture allows an exceptionally diverse flora to exist. Some 458 species are known in the reserve. Ferns, mosses and succulents are fairly common in the mist zone at
higher altitudes. Biscutella elbensis is endemic to Gebel Elba. At lower altitudes, in mountain wadis and foothills, there is dense parkland dominated by Acacia tortilis, Delonix elata, Aerva persica and Euphorbia cuneata. Salt-marsh vegetation and mangrove swamps fringe long stretches of the coast.
Jabal Elba supports a rich faunal diversity unparalleled in any other desert environment in Egypt. Forty species of birds, several of these are Afro-tropical, Ostrich Struthio camelus and Lappet face Vulture Torgos tracheliotus are still found in the Gebel Elba area though they have disappeared from most of their former North Africa/Middle-eastern range. Twenty three species of mammals including the endangered sea cow Dugong dugon, thirty species of reptiles and only one amphibian species.
Kitulo National Park is a protected area of alpine grassland and montane forest in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. The Park covers an area of 412.9 km2 (159.4 sq mi), lying partly in Mbeya Region and partly in Iringa Region. The protected area includes the Kitulo Plateau and the adjoining Livingstone Forest. The Park is administered by Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), and is the first National Park in tropical Africa to be established primarily for the protection of its flora.
Locals refer to the Kitulo Plateau as 'Bustani ya Mungu' (The Garden of God), while botanists have referred to it as the Serengeti of Flowers.
Tassili n'Ajjer (Berber: Tasili n Ajjer, meaning "Plateau of the Rivers"; Arabic: طاسيلي ناجر) is a mountain range in the Algerian section of the Sahara Desert. It is a vast plateau in south-east Algeria at the borders of Libya and Niger, covering an area of 72,000 km2.
The range is also noted for its prehistoric rock art and other ancient archaeological sites, dating from Neolithic times when the local climate was more moist, with savannah rather than desert. The art depicts herds of cattle, large wild animals including crocodiles, and human activities such as hunting and dancing.
The national park of El Ka la (Arabic: الحديقة الوطنية القالة) is one of the national parks of Algeria, in the extreme north-east of the country. It is home to several lakes (including Lake Tonga, whose name is unrelated to Tonga) and a unique ecosystem in the Mediterranean basin, it was created in 1983 and recognized as a biosphere reserve by the UNESCO in 1990.
The national park of Gouraya (Arabic: الحديقة الوطنية قورايا) is one of the coastal national parks of Algeria. It is located in Béjaïa Province, near the town of Sidi Touati.
The park is located 30 kilometers north-east of Jijel. The park includes the 660 meter (2.165 feet) high mountain of Gouraya, where the park got its name, in addition to many beaches and cliffs, which make the park a swimming destination for many Algerians. It is a UNESCO-recognized biosphere reserve, with a varied flora and fauna, including Barbary Macaques and jackals who live in the forests in this park.
Ahaggar National Park was created November 3, 1987. It is one of the largest National Parks in the world with an area of 450,000 square kilometers (about 80 per cent of the Wilaya Province of Tamanrasset). The Park is delimited in the south by the Mali and Niger borders, to the north by Tademait and Tin-Ghart plateaus, to the west by the Tanezrouft Desert and to the east by Tassili National Park.
Ahaggar National Park is famous for the Hoggar (Ahaggar) Mountains and the world famous sunset scenes on these peaks from Assekrem Point. The protected area covers also the peripheral belt of Tassili'n'Ahaggar (including Tassili Ahaggar, Tassili Tin-Missaou, Tassili Tin-Rehroh), the Tefedest, Adrar and Amadror areas, the northern Tassili Ahnet and Immidir, and the petrified wood area near In-Salah (nearly equivalent to the land area of France in all, and larger than California).
The park is located 30 kilometers north-east of Jijel. The park includes the caves of Jijel, in addition to sand beaches and many cliffs and grottoes. It is a UNESCO-recognized biosphere reserve, with a varied flora and fauna, including the barbary ape.
The national park of Djurdjura (Arabic: الحديقة الوطنية جرجرة) is one of the national parks of Algeria. It is located in Kabylia, named after the Djurdjura mountain chain. Nearby cities include Tizi Ouzou (to the north) and Bouïra (to the south). The park is home to a very broken tectonics, as well as many forests, grottoes, gorges, and important fauna, including the endangered Barbary Macaque.
The Chréa National Park (Arabic:الحديقة الوطنية الشريعة) is located in Blida Province, named after Chréa, a town near this park. The park, located in a mountainous area known as the Blidean Atlas (which is part of the Tell Atlas) includes the ski station of Chréa, one of the few ski stations in Africa where skiing can be done on natural snow, and the grotto of Chiffa.
The Souss-Massa National Park is a 33,800 hectare national park on the Atlantic coast of Morocco which was created in 1991.
The park's main conservation importance is that it holds three of the four Moroccan colonies of the Northern Bald Ibis Geronticus eremita. Together with the fourth site at nearby Tamri, it holds 95% of the world's truly wild breeding birds of this endangered species. The ibis colonies and roost-sites are located on coastal cliffs within the National Park, and the coastal steppes and fields are used as feeding areas. The park has a nature trail at Oued Souss and a visitor centre at Oued Massa.
The Oued Massa holds water throughout the year and has breeding Marbled Ducks, a globally threatened species.It is the only known Moroccan breeding site for the Glossy Ibis. The two estuaries are important for migrants, especially waders and gulls. European Spoonbill and Audouin's Gull winter in the park. Other notable breeding bird species are Red-necked Nightjar, Thick-billed Lark, Tristram's Warbler) and Moussier's Redstart.
Souss-Massa also holds captive-breeding programmes for four threatened North African ungulates: Scimitar Oryx, Addax, Dama gazelle and Dorcas gazelle, that are kept in separate enclosures within the park. The reintroduction of the Ostrich - which is extinct north of the Sahara - is also underway.