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Chebera Churchura, Ethiopia

Chebera Churchura National Park (CCNP) covers approximately 121,500 hectares and is located 460 km south of Addis Ababa and 330 km west of Hawassa.

Chebera Churchura National Park (CCNP) covers approximately 121,500 hectares and is located 460 km south of Addis Ababa and 330 km west of Hawassa.

It lies within the central Omo Gibe basin and the Omo River forms part of its southern boundary. A large proportion of the land is composed of undulating hilly terrain with a few flat lands, rivers and perennial streams including four crater lakes within the park that have their own unique ecosystems supporting a variety of flora and fauna.

Project Summary

Project Summary

Chebera Churchura National Park (CCNP) covers approximately 121,500 hectares and is located 460 km south of Addis Ababa and 330 km west of Hawassa. It lies within the central Omo Gibe basin and the Omo River forms part of its southern boundary. A large proportion of the land is composed of undulating hilly terrain with a few flat lands, rivers and perennial streams including four crater lakes within the park that have their own unique ecosystems supporting a variety of flora and fauna.

The park is run by the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA) who have recorded 37 large mammal species and 237 bird species, five of which are endemic to Ethiopia. CCNP is one of the least disturbed strongholds for elephant and buffalo in the country; further to this, hippo, lion, and leopard are also commonly seen. Abaca mobile Safaris, who Wild Philanthropy are in partnership with, have an exceptional relationship with the park’s wardens and scouts and are some of the only people from outside CCNP that are allowed exclusive access to all scouts and areas within the park.

Background & Geography

Name of Land Area

Chebera Churchura National Park

Size

1215 km^2

Relief

The altitude of the park ranges from 550-1700 meters above sea level; the highest peak is the Mecha hill on the western boundary reaching around 1700m.

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Ownership

Who Owns The Land?

The government as with all Ethiopian national parks and run by EWKA

Government & Stability

National Ruling Party

Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front

President / Premier Name

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn

National Economic Drivers

Agriculture, textiles, energy generation, coffee

Population

94,100,000 (2013)

GDP

47,530,000,000

Stakeholders

Stakeholders

African Parks, Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWKA), Abaca Private Mobile Camp.

Conservation

Biomes

A large proportion of the park is covered by is composed of undulating hilly terrain with a few flat lands, rivers and perennial streams. There are four distinct habitat types within the park. These are grassland with scattered trees, woodland, montane forest, and riverine forest. There are also four crater lakes within the park that have their own unique ecosystems supporting a variety of flora and fauna.

Biodiversity

High Diversity. 37 larger mammal and 237 bird species have been recorded in the different habitats (highland and riverine forest and savanna and bush lands) of the park.

Condition of Land and Wildlife

Extremely good condition. Pristine and fairly untouched wilderness. There is a very limited road network in the far northwest of the park, close to Chebera Village. The majority of the reserve remains an untouched wilderness area.

Conservation Threats

Potential for the road to become an infiltration point for poaching and illegal deforestation.

Endemic Species

White-winged cliff chat, banded barbet, wattled ibis, black-headed forest Oriole and thick-billed Raven are endemic to Ethiopia.

Community

Population Prime Challenges

Each child has access to the school, but some are without uniform. As more transients come through the village the risk of HIV spread is present. lorries come through village very fast paying little heed to local people or the dangers that this poses to children playing near the road.

Education Facilities

Each child has access to the school, but some are without uniform.

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