Despite the rise of poaching in some areas, there has been much done in Africa to protect natural habitats, not just for the animals, but also because tourism is increasingly popular in many parts of the continent. With each coin in this set issued for a different country, the numerous numbers of national parks on the continent are given some exposure.
THE GAMBIA: Has 5 major parks, the largest being Kiang West at 115 sq.km.
IVORY COAST: There are 9 major parks here, the largest by far at 19,400 sq.km is Assagny National Park.
MALI: Has only 4 major parks, but even the smallest is over 500 sq.km. Boucle du Baoule at 25,330 sq.km is the largest.
GABON: A numerous 13 parks are spread across the country, with Minkebe the largest at 7,570 sq.km in area.
CONGO: Five large national parks characterise Congo, ranging from 3,921, up to Odzala at 13,600 sq.km.
TANZANIA: Has 18 main parks including Serengeti and Kilimanjaro. Ruaha at 20,226 sq.km is the largest in the country.
RWANDA: Four parks with Volcanoes National Park the largest and most troubled in this embattled country.
DEMOCRATIC CONGO: Eight parks and reserves here, all of very large size up to 36,000 sq.km (Salonga).
CHAD: National Parks are all over 1,000 sq.km in Chad, the largest of the four being Aouk at 7,400 sq.km.
NIGER: Shares a single park with Benin and Burkina Faso. Called W National Park, it is 10,000 sq.km in area.