Ivindo National Park
In a forest clearing in Ivindo National Park, a parade of female elephants brings its young into the sun to play in the creek. The calves mimic their mothers, raising high their trunks, testing the air for the scent of danger. With their smaller tusks, ears, and bodies, forest elephants are able to move quickly through the trees. In 2002, Gabon officials established the national park system, setting aside more than 10% of the national patrimony for 13 conservation parks. More recently, the government introduced measures to secure the parks and protect wildlife from poaching and illegal ivory trading.
Photo © 2008 Charles Eilers
Peace Corps Volunteer
Nigeria & Ethiopia 1966-69
Central Africa, bordering the Atlantic Ocean at the equator, between Republic of Congo and Equatorial Guinea. Narrow coastal plain, hilly interior, savanna east and south. 267,667 km2 (slightly < CO), 1% arable.
Capital Libreville (.62M)
Population Pop 1.6M (6.0//km2)
Life expectancy 52 years
Lang(s) French (OFFICIAL), Fang, Myene, Nzebi, Bapounou/Eschira, Bandjabi
Religions Christian 55-75%, animist, Muslim <1%
Ethnic Groups Bantu tribes, including 4 major tribal groupings (Fang, Bapounou, Nzebi, Obamba), other Africans and Europeans
Gov’t Republic, Multiparty Presidential Regime
PCVs 1963-68, 1973-2005; health and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, education, and environmental education. VOLUNTEERS SERVED 1,460.
Nat’l holiday Independence Day 17 August (1960)