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Momodou



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Posted - 23 Apr 2012 :  14:57:03  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message
Gambia Has 500 Species of Birds
By Lamin Njie
Monday, April 23, 2012



There are 500 different species of birds in The Gambia living within six protected areas aggregating about 40,000 hectares nationwide, under the protection of the Department of Parks and wildlife according to the official country guide magazine by The Gambia Tourism Board.

This paper was able to have a copy of the guide during the opening ceremony of a four day responsible tourism and livelihood symposium held by stakeholders in the tourism sector at Kombo Beach Hotel and Sandele.

According to the guide, The Gambia has remained committed to the wildlife Act, which was signed into law far back in 1977.

This political commitment in ensuring the protection of our environment as a natural resource is still at the heart of the national policy. Eco-tourism has massive potential in The Gambia and plans are further afoot to guarantee that every major habitat within the country is covered. If this is fully implemented, five percent of the land within the tiny Gambia will be protected it says.

The Abuko Nature Reserve, which was established in 1968, is still a home to many of the birds that fly Gambia’s sky.

There are other birds’ reserves in Tanji, a coastal village in the western area of the country, as well as the Kiang West National Park and the Ginack Island National Park and the Niumis.

According to the guide, The Gambia’s abundance in diversity of birds is ranked as one of the highest in the world.

Source: Daily news

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toubab1020



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Posted - 23 Apr 2012 :  18:10:59  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message
"According to the guide, The Gambia’s abundance in diversity of birds is ranked as one of the highest in the world."

OK, perhaps over 500 but the above statement is MAYBE not correct the 2004 list does say at the top of their page "Countries with the most number of bird species " does not mention rainforests specifically,you will see that Senegal is listed as having 612, I suppose geographically you could equate Gambia and Senegal to be the same,not politically of course

http://rainforests.mongabay.com/03birds.htm




"Simple is good" & I strongly dislike politics. You cannot defend the indefensible.

Edited by - toubab1020 on 23 Apr 2012 18:18:31
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Momodou



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Posted - 23 Apr 2012 :  22:03:11  Show Profile Send Momodou a Private Message
I understand some tourists go to The Gambia just for bird watching.

British ornithologist Clive Barlow and colleagues have a website on Birds of Gambia at:
The Birds of The Gambia

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