The Yangambi reserve was established in 1939, covering an area of 230,000 hectares. In 1977, it was declared a biosphere reserve – part of UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere Program - in an attempt to reconcile environmental protection with human activities.
Afrormosia trees in Yangambi. Photo: Axel Fassio/CIFOR
While most wildlife has been locally depleted, Yangambi has remarkable flora including valuable tree species such as the endangered afrormosia (Pericopsis elata), iroko (Milicia excelsa) ilomba (Pycnanthus angolensis) and sapelli (Entandrophragma cylindricum).