Animal Info - Liberia

Contents

Threatened Species, Environmental and Social Data (Mammals, Biodiversity/Ecosystems, Population, Area/Land Use, Protected Lands, Economy, Education), References and Links


Threatened Species

Threatened Species: The following list includes all mammals which occur in Liberia and are rated as Critically Endangered (CR), Endangered (EN) or Vulnerable (VU) in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals

  • Endangered:
    • Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes).
    • Diana Monkey (Cercopithecus diana). 
    • Liberian Mongoose (Liberiictis kuhni).
    • Nimba Otter Shrew (Micropotamogale lamottei).
    • Red Colobus (Procolobus badius). 
  • Vulnerable:
    • Aellen's Roundleaf Bat (Hipposideros marisae).
    • African Elephant (Loxodonta africana).
    • African Golden Cat (Profelis aurata). 
    • Buettikofer's Epauletted Fruit Bat (Epomops buettikoferi).
    • Jentink's Duiker (Cephalophus jentinki).
    • Pygmy Hippopotamus (Hexaprotodon liberiensis).
    • Sperm Whale (Physeter catodon).
    • Spotted-necked Otter (Lutra maculicollis). 
    • West African Manatee (Trichechus senegalensis).
    • Zebra Duiker (Cephalophus zebra).

Environmental and Social Data

Mammals

Total number of species: 193 (Groombridge & Jenkins 1994)
Number of endemic species: 1 (Groombridge & Jenkins 1994)
Number of threatened species: 1996: 11 (6 % of total species) (IUCN 1996); 2000: 14 (7 % of total species) (IUCN 2000

Biodiversity/Ecosystems

Liberia contains portions of the Guinean Moist Forests, Guinean-Congolian Coast Mangroves, and Western Guinea Current Marine Ecosystems Global 200 Ecoregions (Olson & Dinerstein 1998, Olson & Dinerstein 1999)
Liberia contains portions of the Guinean Forests of West Africa Global Biodiversity Hotspot (Cons. Intl. 1999a)

Population

Population in 1995: 3,039,000 (Natl. Geog. Soc. 1995)
Population density in 1995: 27.3 people/sq km (70.7 people/sq mi) (Natl. Geog. Soc. 1995)
Population in 1998: 2,771,901 (World Almanac 1999)
Average population growth rate, 1980 - 1990: 3.1 % (World Bank 1992)

Area/Land Use

Area: 111,369 sq km (43,000 sq mi) (Natl. Geog. Soc. 1995)
Percentages of primary world ecosystem types:

  • Grass and Shrub: 11 %
  • Crop and Settlements: 18 %
  • Interrupted Woods: 18 %
  • Major Forests: 53 %

(Groombridge 1992)

Percent of land area classified as the following degree of human disturbance: Low: 27 %, Medium: 17 %, High: 57 % (WRI 1994)

Protected Lands

Area: 1,310 sq km (506 sq mi) (Groombridge 1992)
Percent of land protected: 1.17 % totally protected, 0 % partially protected, 1.17 % totally or partially protected (Groombridge 1992)

Economy

Per capita GDP ($ U.S.) (1996): $1,100 (World Almanac 1999)

Education

Percent adult literacy: Female: 29 % (1990), 8 % (1970); Male: 50 % (1990), 27 % (1970) (WRI 1994)


References and Links

References: Cons. Intl. 1999a, Groombridge 1992, Groombridge & Jenkins 1994, IUCN 1994, IUCN 1996, IUCN 2000, IUCN 2004, Natl. Geog. Soc. 1995, Olson & Dinerstein 1998, Olson & Dinerstein 1999, World Almanac 1999, World Bank 1992, WRI 1994

General Links (After you get to one of these sites, click on the link for Liberia): CIA World Factbook, Foreign Embassies of Washington, D.C., Library of Congress - Country Studies, University of Texas - Country Maps, Washington Post - Countries, World Resources Institute - Country Profiles


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