Sapo National Park is Liberia’s only national park with 1,800 sq km. Named after the local Sapo tribe, the park was founded in 1983. It has 180,400 hectares (1,804 km²). It lies in Sinoe County and the Forestry Development Authority of Liberia takes care. There is the the Sapo Conservation Center. The Upper Guinean forest ecosystem to which Sapo National Park belongs has lowland rainforest, including swampy areas and dry lands. It is one of the most intact forests in Liberia. There is medium-altitude forest at the Putu Mountain ridges just to the north of the Park.
It is home for several globally endangered species. Still new plant and animal species are regularly discovered in this unique ecosystem. Sapo National Park has been threatened by illegal farming, hunting, logging, and mining. Around 5,000 people lived in the park. The illegal squatters were however relocated in 2005. Miners are nevertheless returning. Today around 18000 miners dig mainly for gold. returned to the park, however, drawn by its abundant natural resources. In 2010, an estimated 18,000 miners were digging gold.Efforts are made to reduce their number.
Topographically elevations range from approximately 100 m in the southeast up to about 400 m in the north with Mount Putu’s 640 m summit. The park has a tropical climate, with a relative humidity of 91%. The dry season is from November to April and the wet season lasts from May to October. January and December are the driest months and May and August are the wettest months.
Sapo National Park is the country’s largest protected area of rainforest and its only national park, this dwelling has to be in the top ten of your “to visit must” places. Its beauty is boundless and it has the most diversity when it comes to different species of animals, particularly mammals. So, take a stop in order to be mesmerized.