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Kéran National Park is situated in the north-eastern part of Togo, near Mango, approximately 450 kilometres from Lomé. The flood-plain of the Koumongou river forms the basis of the Park’s area, with good gallery forest along the river’s edge, where Narina’s Trogon Apaloderma narina and Oriole Warbler (Moho) Hypergerus atriceps occur. There are some rocky areas and extensive open, sparsely vegetated, parts where spectacular species such as Saddle-billed Stork Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis, Martial Eagle Polemaetus bellicosus, Black Crowned Crane Balearica pavonina and Denham's Bustard Neotis denhami may be seen. A wetland known as the Mare-aux-Lions attracts many mammals and birds, including migrants such as Black Stork Ciconia nigra, in the dry season.

Fazao-Malfakassa National Park Forest and grassy hills along the Atacora escarpment on the western edge of the central part of Togo supports populations of rarer birds such as Ayres’s Hawk Eagle Hieraaetus ayresii, Cassin’s Hawk Eagle Spizaetus africanus, Crested Guineafowl Guttera pucherani and Latham’s Forest Francolin Francolinus lathami. See CHEKE, R. A. and WALSH, J. F. (1996) and CHEKE, R. A. (2001) for more details.

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