The Okapi Wildlife Reserve occupies about one-fifth of the Ituri forest in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Congo river basin, of which the reserve and forest are a part, is one of the largest drainage systems in Africa. The reserve contains threatened species of primates and birds and about 5,000 of the estimated 30,000 okapi surviving in the wild. It also has some dramatic scenery, including waterfalls on the Ituri and Epulu rivers. The reserve is inhabited by traditional nomadic pygmy Mbuti and Efe hunters.
Why should you visit?
This property as one of the most important sites for conservation, including the rare Okapi and rich floral diversity, under natural criterion (x). The Committee expressed its hope that the activities outlined in the new management plan would ensure the integrity of the site. Considering the civil unrest in the country, the question of the long-term security of the site was raised.
- The valiant attempts at conservation activities here have three major hurdles: deforestation, hunting for bush meat and gold mining.
- The okapis are exquisite creatures, scientifically called a giraffid artiodactyl mammal native to the Ituri Rainforest, and they look like a distant relatives of the zebra and the giraffe.
- On June 24, 2012, the reserve was attacked, looted and burned down by Mai Mai rebels and all the 14 of the okapis died along with several civilians. The attackers were mostly illegal miners and poachers. Reconstruction of the reserve is underway.
Year of Inscription: 1996
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