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Cross-roads of ecosystems, the Ivindo National Park is one of the most important site in Central Africa for biodiversity conservation.
The Ivindo river flows among wide areas of primary rainforest, winding through a unique and spectacular succession of rapids and waterfalls (Kongou, Mingouli).
A variety of wildlife, such as forest elephants, primates (gorilla, chimpanzee, mangabey, colobus, mandrill, etc.), birds, and many other species (buffalo, sitatunga, duikers, bush pig, giant pangolin, etc.) can be spotted.
The highest concentration of gorillas in Gabon has been found in the clearing of Langoué.
The Ivindo National Park (3000 km2) was created in 2002 and includes the Ipassa Reserve, protected since 1971, where the Institut de Recherche en Ecologie Tropicale (IRET) runs the Ipassa-Makokou Research Station.
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