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Nech-sar National park

Nech-sar National park

Proposed mainly for the prolific of the Nechisar plains, especially Burchell’s Zebra; other features includes spectacular scenery; large number of crocodiles and hippopotamus in the lakes Chamo and Abaya.

Species recorded: 84 mammals and 342 birds

Charismatic species: Burchell`s Zebra

Location: the Nechisar National Park is located south of Addis Ababa at the coordinate between N6000’ and E37045’. The area is with an altitude range of 1,108-1,650m asl. The Head Quarter is situated at 500km from Addis Ababa near Arbaminch town.

Rainy Season: the rainfall in the park averages about 800mm a year. The main wet season is April to June with a second wet period in September- October. The driest season is December to February.

Temperature: ranges from 36-390c in December to February. The lowest are 20-210c in April- June.

Ecological Zone: Rift Valley

Vegetation Type: Savanna characteristics such as grassland, ground water forest, wetlands and bushland.

Major wildlife species: include Burchell’s Zebra, Swayne’s Hartebeest, Greater Kudu, Grant’s gazelle, Hippopotamus, Crocodile, Aubis Baboon, Black-backed Jackal; Side striped jackal, Bat-eared fox, Warthog, African hunting Dog, Guenther’s Dikdik, Lion and leopard. The park is also rich in avifauna content including the north white-tailed bushlark.

Endemic mammals: Swayne’s Hartebeest, Scott’s hairy Bat, Crocidura phaera, White footed Rat, Ethiopian grass Rat and Hinde’s Bat

Endemic birds: Nechisar mightjar



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