Cross-Niger Transition Forests

Background

The Cross-Niger transition forests are a tropical moist broadleaf forest eco region of south eastern Nigeria, located between the Niger River on the west and the Cross River on the east covering an area of 20,700 sq km.

Coordinates: 10 00 N, 8 00 E

Highlights

  • Covers states of Abia, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Ebonyiand Imo
  • The Niger River separates the Cross-Niger transition forests from the Nigerian lowland forests to the west
  • The climate is wet becoming drier further inland, with a dry season from December to February.

Wildlife

Wildlife in the forest includes; drill monkey, African buffalo, cheetahs, warthogs, hippos, caracal, leopards, lions, baboons and elephants and red-capped mangabey and more than 900 species of birds

Vegetation

  • Savanna grassland
  • Shrub and acacia wood
  • Mangrove swamp vegetation

Activities

  • Bird watching
  • Hiking
  • Camping
  • Fishing

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