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Bateke Plateau National Park

Bateke Plateau National Park

Created in 2002, Bateke Plateau National Park is situated in extreme southeastern Gabon, sharing a border with the Republic of Congo. The park’s almost 800 square miles consist mainly of savanna that is crisscrossed by rivers. To the north, the grassy savannas yield to forest. In many places, the park’s rivers are spanned by rope bridges for the sake of the local population. The park is home to forest elephants, buffalo, Grimm's duikers, side striped jackals, Denham's bustards, and bushpigs, while its rivers are home to long-snouted crocodiles and pythons. Rumor has it that there are even lions that sometimes roam the plains.

Along the equator in western central Africa, Gabon has the Atlantic Ocean as its western boundary, the Republic of the Congo to the south and east, Equatorial Guinea to the northwest, and Cameroon to the north. The country has been successful in maintaining and conserving its pristine rainforest and rich biodiversity, and its topography can be separated into three distinctly different regions: flat Atlantic Ocean coast in the west, mountainous highlands in the center, and jungle interior in the east.

As Gabon is on the equator, the weather is tropical and always humid. From June to September, it is a little cooler, with temperatures ranging from 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Gabon’s population is small and has been blessed with oil and mineral reserves. In addition, considerable foreign support has aided its development into one of Africa's wealthier countries. Since independence, Gabon has been one of the more stable African countries. In the early 1990s, Gabon introduced a multiparty system and a new constitution that allowed for a more transparent electoral process and for reforms of governmental institutions.

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