Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park
or Ruwenzori National Park

National park, southwestern Uganda.

Established in 1952, it has an area of 764 sq mi (1,978 sq km) and lies east of Lake Edward. One of the largest parks in Uganda, it has areas of rainforest and savanna grassland. It is within the western branch of the Great Rift Valley and is dotted with Pleistocene volcanic craters. Wildlife includes chimpanzees, leopards, lions, and elephants.

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formerly  Ruwenzori National Park 
 national park located in southwestern Uganda. It occupies an area of 764 square miles (1,978 square km) in a region of rolling plains east of Lake Edward (Edward, Lake) and foothills south of the Ruwenzori Mountains (Ruwenzori Range). The park is located within the Western Rift Valley, and its landscape is dotted with volcanic craters of the Pleistocene Epoch (1,800,000 to 10,000 years ago).

      The park, which was established in 1952, is one of the largest in Uganda and adjoins the frontier of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo) to the west. Its vegetation consists mostly of thickets of various types of small trees, including acacias (acacia) and evergreens. There are also areas of rainforest and of savanna grassland. The park's wildlife includes chimpanzees, leopards, lions, elephants, hippopotamuses, water buffaloes, and several types of antelopes, such as duiker, reedbuck, and topi. The park has an extremely rich avian fauna, prominent among which are many species of kingfishers (kingfisher).

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