Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve

Madeleine used to work in Guinea and it was from there that she sent me this great postcard! While she was there she saw free chimpanzees in the nature and according to her they are beautiful! I totally believe! :)

Mount Nimba and the viviparous toad
A veritable « water tower » with about fifty springs between the Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea, the Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve is dominated by a chain of mountains that culminate at 1,752 m altitude at Mount Nimba. The slopes, covered with dense forest at the lower levels, with grassy mountain pastures, overflow with particularly rich endemic flora and fauna. Extending over a total of area of 17,540 ha, with 12,540 ha in Guinea and 5,000 ha in Côte d’Ivoire, the property is integrated into the public domain of the two States.
This Reserve contains original and diverse species of the most remarkable animal and plant populations, not only in West Africa, but also in the entire African continent; notably threatened species such as the Micropotamogale of Mount Nimba (Micropotamogale lamottei), the viviparous toad of Mount Nimba (Nimbaphrynoides occidentalis) and chimpanzees that use stones as tools. - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/155

Western Nimba Toad (Nimbaphrynoides occidentalis): 
This viviparous toad has a restricted range in the Mount Nimba region of Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire, and Liberia. Two subspecies have been denoted, one from Guinea and Côte d'Ivoire and one from Liberia: N. occidentalis occidentalis is generally smaller in body size (females average 20.5 mm SVL, males average 18.0 mm) compared to N. occidentalis liberiensis (females average 28.7 mm SVL, males average 22.4 mm). Females of N. occidentalis liberiensis have significantly longer feet than females of N. occidentalis occidentalis, even when corrected for differing body size (Sandberger et al. 2010). - in: 

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