Salonga National Park is the largest tropical rainforest reserve in Africa. It is located in the Congo River basin, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Salonga National Park is the natural habitat for a variety of wildlife include the dwarf chimpanzee, Bonobos, Salonga monkeys, Tshuapa red Colobus, Congo peacocks, forest elephants and African slender-snouted crocodiles, also known as "false" crocodiles.
Salonga National Park was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 8th session of the World Heritage Committee which met in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 29 October to 2 November, 1984.
Salonga National Park was placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger during the 23rd session of the World Heritage Committee in Marrakesh, Morocco, on 29 November to 4 December, 1999. This is due to heightened concerns over the conflict in the Congo.
World Heritage Site Inscription Details
Location: S 2 0 0 E 21 0 0 in the provinces of Equateur, Bandundu and Kasaï Oriental and Occidental in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Inscription Year: 1984
Type of Site: Natural
Inscription Criteria: VII, IX
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 Salonga 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.