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The Great White pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) breeding grounds at Djoudj National Park, Senegal.

The Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary is a World Heritage Site in Senegal located at 16°30'N, 16°10'W.

The Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary lies on the southeast bank of the delta of the river Senegal in Senegal, north east of St-Louis. It provides a range of wetland habitats which prove very popular with migrating birds, many of which have just crossed the Sahara.

The Djoudj Sanctuary is a wetland of 16,000 ha, comprising a large lake surrounded by streams, ponds and backwaters. It forms a living but fragile sanctuary for some 1.5 million birds, with almost 400 species of birds. The most famous are pelicans and flamingos. About 5,000 white pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus nest here regularly.

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