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Lake Malawi National Park

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Lake Malawi National Park

Lake Malawi National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Children playing of the shore of Lake Malawi
Map showing the location of Lake Malawi National Park
Map showing the location of Lake Malawi National Park
Location Central and Southern Regions, Malawi
Area 94 kmĀ²
Established November 24, 1980
Type Natural
Criteria vii, ix, x
Designated 1984 (8th session)
ReferenceĀ no. 289
State Party Malawi
Region Africa

Lake Malawi National Park is a national park located in Malawi at the southern end of Lake Malawi. It is the only national park in Malawi that was created to protect fish and aquatic habitats. Despite this, Lake Malawi National Park does include a fair amount of land, including several small islands in Lake Malawi. It is also home to other animals such as baboons. A large baobab tree, purportedly over 800 years old, is said to have been a favourite of Dr. David Livingstone as a place where he could give sermons and speak with other missionaries. The graves of five early missionaries are also found in the park. The many endemic fish species make it a key example of specialized evolution. For this characteristic, it was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

External links

  • UNESCO Lake Malawi National Park
  • WCMC Natural Site Data Sheet
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