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Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park is in the Sangha and Likouala region of the Republic of the Congo. Together with the Dzanga Sangha National Reserve in the Central African Republic and Lobéké National Park in Cameroon they constitute the UNESCO World Heritage Site Sangha Trinational.

A gorilla using a tool in the national park

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Established in 1993, north of Congo, it is mostly populated with elephants, apes, ranging from Western Lowland Gorillas to chimpanzees and bongo. It is 3,921.61 km² (1,514.14 sq mi) of pristine tropical rainforest with no human habitation within it and with least habitation in the peripheral villages.

In a conference of the Ministers of Forests of Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC), it had been resolved to establish within the Congo basin, the Sangha River Tri-national Protected area (STN) with a total area of 2,800,000 ha (6,918,951 acres) encompassing the Dzanga Sangha Special Reserve (the second largest area in the world) in the Central African Republic, which incorporates within its ambit the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo (Brazzaville) and the Lobéké National Park in Cameroon.

The Nouabal-Ndoki National Park, managed by the WCS Congo jointly with the Ministry of Forestry, is one of the five protocols signed between them that specifies the responsibility of each partner of the protocol to ensure protection of the areas to defined international standards.

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Forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis) in the Mbeli River, Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park, Congo.

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Mbeli Bai is a specific area within the park where the gorillas reside and visitors visit regularly to see them.

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