The W National Park

The W National Park is a major national park in West Africa around the River Niger shaped like a "W". The park includes areas of the 3 countries Niger, Benin and Burkina Faso, and is governed by these 3 countries. The W National Park of Niger was created in 1954. It has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. The park is known for its large mammals, including aardvarks, baboons, buffalo, caracal, cheetahs, bush elephants, hippopotami, African leopards, West African lions, serval, and warthogs. The park also is home to some of West Africa's last wild elephants, and is one of the last strongholds for the Northwest African cheetah.



The W National Park