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Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia

Area : 3660 km2 - African Parks project since 2003

The Liuwa project is governed by African Parks (Zambia) which is a partnership between African Parks, the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) and the Barotse Royal Establishment - the traditional government of the Lozi people.

Liuwa Plain is situated on the upper Zambezi floodplains of western Zambia and is bounded by the Luambimba and Luanginga Rivers. Liuwa is characterised by seasonally flooded grassy plains dotted with woodland islands. Although it was only given national park status in 1972, Liuwa has one of the oldest conservation histories in Africa. Originally proclaimed by the King of Barotseland in the early 1880s, it was historically used as a royal hunting ground and was protected by the Lozi people. Liuwa hosts the second largest wildebeest migration in Africa, offering spectacular sights of thousands of animals. Herds of zebra, tsessebe and lechwe also graze the plains and are stalked by predators such as wild dog, hyena, cheetah and lion. Liuwa also supports globally important bird populations, with more than 330 bird species recorded here. 

 

 

Liuwa Plain National Park, Zambia - African Parks - Scout on patrol - Liuwa, ..., Zambia [2009 © Frans Schepers]

 

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