Do you need the list and locations of all the national park in Nigeria? Do you want to visit some of the game reserves in Nigeria but don’t know where to start from?
If yes, you might find this article helpful as it will unravel the locations of each and every game reserves/national park in Nigeria.
These national parks to be discussed are under the watch of the Nigeria National Park Service.
A government agency saddled with the responsibility of enhancing, preserving, protecting and managing the vegetation, environment and wild animals in the game reserves.
Without further delay, below is the list and locations of all the National game reserves in Nigeria.
- Gashaka Gumti
Gashaka Gumti is one of the National game reserves and the largest park in Nigeria. Located in the eastern part of Taraba and Adamawa State, covering a land mass of 6,402 kmsq.
There are diversed wildlife in Gashaka Gumti reserve ranging from Chimpanzee, African buffalo, African elephant, African golden cat, West African wild dog, yellow-backed duiker, varieties of antelope, klipspringer and many other mammals that are too numerous to mention.
- Yankari National Park
Second on the list is the Yankari Game Reserve. This game reserve is located in Bauchi State, very popular and the most tourist attraction centre in Nigeria.
This most visited national park in Nigeria is home of wildlife with over 50 species of mammals inhabiting there. Some of these mammals are Patas monkey, olive baboon, African bush elephant, Tantalus monkey, roan antelope, western hartebeest, African bufalo, West African lion, water-buck, hippopotamus and bush buck.
Findings also show that Yankari National park is having one of the largest numbers of elephant inhabiting there in whole of Africa.
There are over 350 birds in Yankari too. Among them is guinea fowl, stork, white-rumped vulture, cattle egret, grey hornbill and some other avian species.
- Kainji National Park
Kainji National park could be categorised into three; Kainji Lake (fishing is totally prohibited), Borgu and Zugurma Game Reserve.
The National park has abundant wildlife such as baboons, kobs, hynas, duikers, hippopotami, roan antelopes, warthogs and so on.
- Chad Basin National Park
Chad Basin is another National Park in Nigeria that covers Borno and Yobe state. It also covers part of the Sambisa Game Reserve and the Hadejia-Nguru wetlands.
Like any other Nation Park, Chad Basin also have numerous species of wildlife seeking refuge there.
- Cross River National Park
Cross River National Park is located predominantly in a tropical rain forest and mangrove swamp. It is one of the oldest rainforest in the whole of Africa.
It is about 75 species of mammals, 350 avians’ species and close to 42 species of snakes. All in all, this National Park has been forcasted to housed about 400 chimpanzees.
- Kamuku National Park
This National Park can be found in Kaduna state. It has a climate of that of Sudan savanna and the park is situated in the west part of Kaduna and adjacent to the Kwiambana reserve to the north west.
The Kamuku Park housed a lot of mammal species and among them is elephants, duikers, roan antelopes, hartebeest, warthog, patas monkeys, and nothing less than 117 species of birds.
- Okomu National Park
This is the smallest National Park in Nigeria. It is situated in Edo State and the park has numerous numbers of mammals and aves.