Yankari Game Reserve is Nigeria's most sought game reserve for wildlife safaris located in the south-central part of Bauchi State, in northeastern Nigeria. It covers an area of approximately 2,240 sq km and 2,058 sq. km. of savanna woodÂland. It is composed of savannah grassland with well-developed patches of woodland. It is also a region of rolling hills, mostly between 200m and 400m. Kariyo Hill is the highest point at 640m.
Yankari is an important refuge for wildlife resources in Nigeria. Over 50 species of mammal can be spotted here including African Bush Elephant, Olive Baboon, Western Hartebeest, Lion, African Buffalo, Waterbuck, Warthog, Roam Antelope, Bushbuck, Patas Monkey, Tantalus Monkey and Hippopotamus. Lions are occasionally spotted as well, despite their natural camouflage. Important to note also is that Yankari home to the largest populations of elephants in West Africa with estimates of around 500.
The heavy concentration of the elephant however has created a dilemma to the surrounding localities at times as the animals attack local farms during the rainy season.
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