Okapi Wildlife Reserve is a wildlife reserve in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It occupies an area of 14,000 square kilometers, or roughly 20% of the land area of the Ituri Forest on the northeastern part of the country.
Okapi Wildlife Reserve is the natural habitat of a zebra-like mammal known as the okapi. Today there are between 10,000 to 20,000 okapis in the wild, of which around 5,000 are found in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve. In addition to okapis, the wildlife reserve is also the home to 13 species of anthropoid primates and forest elephants.
Okapi Wildlife Reserve was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 20th session of the World Heritage Committee in Merida, Mexico, on 2-7 December, 1996.
Okapi Wildlife Reserve was placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger during the 21st session of the World Heritage Committee due to grave concern that the equipment and facilities at the reserve have been looted while the wildlife poached. The report mentioned however that the staff was not harmed although they had not been receiving any salaries.
Photos of Okapi Wildlife Reserve
Okapi Wildlife Reserve, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Author: J. Doremus (public domain)
World Heritage Site Inscription Details
Location: N 2 0 0 E 28 30 0
Inscription Year: 1996
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 Okapi Wildlife Reserve
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.