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The Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary (French: Parc national des oiseaux du Djoudj) lies on the southeast bank 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. Of almost 400 species of birds, the most visible are pelicans and flamingos. Less conspicuous are the Aquatic Warblers migrating here from Europe; for these, the park is the single most important wintering site yet discovered [1]. A wide range of wildlife also inhabits the park, which is designated a World Heritage Site. The site was added to the list of World Heritage Sites in Danger in 2000 due to the introduction of the invasive giant salvinia plant, which threatens to choke out the park's native vegetation. However it was removed from the list in 2006
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The park is surrounded by 7 villages (Deby, Tiguet, Diadiam I, II, III, Fourarate, and Rone) composed of 3 different ethnic groups: the Maures, the Wolofs, and the Pulars.
The villages are organized into an Inter-Village Comity with the goal of developing a common vision for the protection of the park and the development of the villages. There are several interesting tourist activities including: a motorized canoe trip to the pelican nesting island; a visit with an experienced guide to the Grand Lake and Gainthe; a visit to the artisans shop, “Boutik-bi”; and cultural performances and guided visits in the surrounding villages. Food and lodging can be found at the “Le Njagabaar” a lodge located in the village of Diadiam III about 800m from the park entrance.

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