Kahuzi-Biega National Park is a national park covering primary tropical forest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The national park is dominated by two extinct volcanoes which gave it its name, the 3,308-meter Mount Kahuzi and the 2,790-meter Mount Biega.
Kahuzi-Biega National Park has an abundant and diverse wildlife. It is also one of the few remaining habitats of the lowland gorillas that live at an elevation of between 2,100 and 2,400 meters above sea level.
Kahuzi-Biega was where the late scientist Dian Fossey studied gorillas before she relocated to Rwanda. In the 1990's, the gorilla population at Kahuzi-Biega National Park was placed at around 600. However recent conflicts in the region may have taken a huge toll on the population, and new estimate places the population at less than 300, as of 2005.
Continued warfare moving towards the borders of Kahuzi-Biega National Park has resulted in increased poaching and deforestation, putting a severe strain on the wildlife population there.
Kahuzi-Biega National Park was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 4th session of the World Heritage Committee which met in UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, on 1-5 September, 1980.
Kahuzi-Biega National Park was placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger during the 21st session of the World Heritage Committee in 1997. This is due to concern over the influx of refugees encroaching into the national park, with resulted in increased poaching, deforestation and fires.
Photos of Kahuzi-Biega National Park
Kahuzi-Biega National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Author: © Bob Walker
World Heritage Site Inscription Details
Location: S 2 30 0 E 28 45 0 in the provinces of South-Kivu and Maniena, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Inscription Year: 1980
Type of Site: Natural
Inscription Criteria: X
Location Map of Congo's UNESCO World Heritage Sites
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- Virunga National Park
- Kahuzi-Biega National Park
- Garamba National Park
- Salonga National Park
- Okapi Wildlife Reserve
Visiting Kahuzi-Biega National Park
At time of writing (April 2010), the Democratic Republic of the Congo is still regarded as not save for casual travelers. Crime rate continues to be high in the capital city as well as in other towns.