Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary

UNESCO RegionAfrica
LocationDelta of the River Senegal
CoordinatesN16 30 0 W16 10 0.012
Inscription Date1981
Property (ha)16,000
Type of HeritageNatural
CriteriaTo contain superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance
CriteriaTo contain the most important and significant natural habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity; including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation
All ThreatsWater rain/water table
All ThreatsInvasive / alien freshwater species
All ThreatsWater infrastructure
All ThreatsManagement systems/ management plan
All ThreatsFinancial resources
All ThreatsHuman resources
All ThreatsLivestock farming / grazing of domesticated animals
All ThreatsSubsistence hunting
All ThreatsErosion and siltation/ deposition
Unesco Reference Number25
State of Conservation Report
DescriptionSituated in the Senegal River delta, the Djoudj Sanctuary is a wetland of 16,000 ha, comprising a large lake surrounded by streams, ponds and backwaters. It forms a living but fragile sanctuary for some 1.5 million birds, such as the white pelican, the purple heron, the African spoonbill, the great egret and the cormorant.
StatusWorld Heritage Site