Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve (1981, 1982)
Guinea

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Guinea 1998. Massif of Mount Nimba.

Located on the borders of Guinea, Liberia and Côte d'Ivoire, Mount Nimba rises above the surrounding savannah. Its slopes are covered by dense forest at the foot of grassy mountain pastures. 

They harbour an especially rich flora and fauna, with endemic species such as the viviparous toad and chimpanzees that use stones as tools. 

  • Guinea 1998. Massif of Mount Nimba. Scan by courtesy of Scarlet Mobuto Nielsen. 

This site is a transboundary property with the Ivory Coast

Mount Nimba is a mountain along the border of Ivory Coast and Guinea in West Africa. At 1,752 m (5,750 ft) it is the highest point in both nations. 

The mountain is part of the Nimba Massif (the "Guinean Backbone"), and the nearest major settlement is Yekepa in the western part of Liberia. 

  • Guinea 1969. Guinean chimpanzee in the transfiguration of the cartoon figure "Tarzan". Scan by courtesy of Scarlet Mobuto Nielsen. 
  • French West Africa (Guinea) 1947. Chimpanzee. 

Guinea 1969. Guinean chimpanzee in the transfiguration of the cartoon figure "Tarzan".

French West Africa (Guinea) 1947. Chimpanzee.

Since 1944 the area, excluding Liberia's portion, has been a nature reserve. Currently covering 180 km², the Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve includes both rainforest and savanna. It is a "strict" reserve, meaning that tourism is forbidden; only scientists have limited access to the area. The mountain was given its name in December 1929 with the expedition of Sempere, Sattler and Michelis. Sources and links: 

There are no other World Heritage sites in Guinea. Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Guinea section, for further information about this property. 

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