Mangroves National Park is a protected area and Ramsar wetland in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is the country’s only marine park and is notable for its mangrove forests.
It provides protection to the endangered manatee population situated at the mouth of the Congo River. These mangroves are distinct from the ones found in south Asia.
They form a separate type of mangrove forests, which are typical to the Democratic Republic of Congo. The park was established in 1992.
At 768 km2 (297 sq mi) in size, Mangroves National Park is DR Congo’s smallest protected area.
Flora and fauna
In addition to the manatee, the area supports hippos, crocodile, snake and Southern reedbuck; bushbuck may be present.