Lag Badana National Park
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Lag Badana National Park (Bushbush National Park) is a
national park#REDIRECT National park A national park is a park in use for Conservation (ethic), conservation purposes, created and protected by national governments. Often it is a reserve of natural, semi-natural, or developed land that a sovereign state dec ...

national park
of
Somalia Somalia,, Osmanya script: ๐’ˆ๐’๐’‘๐’›๐’๐’˜๐’•๐’–; ar, ุงู„ุตูˆู…ุงู„, aแนฃ-แนขลซmฤl officially the Federal Republic of SomaliaThe ''Federal Republic of Somalia'' is the country's name per Article 1 of thProvisional Constitutio ...

Somalia
. It is located on the far southern coast.


Overview

Lag Badana was the first national park to be established in the country. During the second half of the 1980s, the Ministry of Tourism under the
Siad Barre Mohamed Siad Barre ( so, Maxamed Siyaad Barre ๐’‘๐’–๐’„๐’–๐’‘๐’—๐’† ๐’ˆ๐’˜๐’•๐’›๐’† ๐’๐’–๐’‡๐’‡๐’—; ar, ู…ุญู…ุฏ ุฒูŠุงุฏ ุจุฑูŠ; 1910 โ€“ January 2, 1995) was a Somali general who served as the President President most comm ...

Siad Barre
administration sought to center the tourist industry in the vicinity of the park, with nearby coral reefs and offshore islands likewise envisioned as part of the development. By 1989, newer legislation was drafted governing the establishment of national parks, game reserves and special reserves. The conservation of wildlife resources was at this time overseen by the Ministry of Livestock, Forestry and Range's National Range Agency. Its Department of Wildlife also operated an independent law-enforcement unit, which had been created through presidential decree. Following the outbreak of the civil war in 1991, development of the national park came to a halt. In August 2014, President
Hassan Sheikh Mohamud Hassan Sheikh Mohamud ( so, Xasan Sheekh Maxamuud, ar, ุญุณู† ุดูŠุฎ ู…ุญู…ูˆุฏ; born 29 November 1955) is a Somali Somali refers to an East African tribe (ethnic group) native to Somalia Somalia,; ar, ุงู„ุตูˆู…ุงู„, aแนฃ-แนขลซmฤl o ...

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud
announced a number of new development projects aimed at Somalia's youth. Among these was an initiative to assign leadership of the national park to young managers so as to strengthen environmental preservation and potential tourism opportunities. Since 2005, the protected area is considered a
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Conservation Unit.


Wildlife

The Lag Badana area contains over 200 vascular plant species and is home to rare animals like the
lesser kudu The lesser kudu (''Tragelaphus imberbis'') is a forest antelope found in East Africa. It is placed in the genus ''Tragelaphus'' and family Bovidae. It was Scientific description, first scientifically described by the English zoologist Edward Blyt ...
. Of the plants, around 20 are
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.


References

National parks of Somalia {{Somalia-geo-stub