Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve
The Dzanga - Sangha Reserve is located in the south of the Central African Republic in the vicinity of the Sangha River. Inside the Dzanga - Ndoki Reserve, the National Park, which consists of two separate sectors, Dzanga Ndoki is located in the west and the south. The reserve borders the Nouabele - Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo and the Lobéké National Park in Cameroon, which are 28,000 km ² rain forest under protection in the region of the triangle.
The average annual rainfall is about 1500 mm and the average temperature is 24-29 ° C. The highest rainfall occurs in the long rainy season from October to November and in the short rainy season between May and June.
In the midst of dense forests, there are large clearings, where many endangered large animals such as forest elephants, buffalo and bongos can be observed. Other large mammals of the area are western lowland gorillas, chimpanzees, leopards, golden cats, hippos, giant forest hog, hogs, bushbuck, Sitatunga, various duiker, red colobus (Colobus pennanti oustaleti ), black-and- white colobus monkeys, Green baboons, vervet monkeys and mangabeys.
After the coup by the SELEKA rebels in March 2013 in the Central African Republic and the associated instability, the protection of the area could not be adequately provided. In May 2013 26 elephants were killed by poachers, who have penetrated into the sanctuary. Meanwhile, the SELEKA troops cooperate with the conservation organizations - such as the WWF - and to guarantee the safety of the reserve.