Lac de Madarounfa

Lac Madarounfa
Lac Madarounfa
Lac Madarounfa

Lac de Madarounfa

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    524.3 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    13°18'N 07°08'E
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Lake Madarounfa is the largest wetland in Maradi Region, with an estimated area that fluctuates seasonally and reaches up to 800 hectares during flood periods. The Lake’s plant life is dominated by trees including Adansonia digitata (the baobab), Prosopis africana and Lannea microcarpa. Notable animal species include birds such as African jacana Actophilornis africanus, African sacred ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus and European roller Coracias garrulus garrulus. The Nile monitor Varanus niloticus and fish including the vulnerable Tilapia busumana are also present. Lake Madarounfa is a prominent tourist and religious site; the wetland includes “the tombs of the 99 saints” which attract Muslim pilgrims from Niger, northern Nigeria, Senegal and Mali. The Lake is co-managed by the Department for the Environment, the Division of Madarounfa and the local communities.

Administrative region: 
Région de Maradi

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