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Gibe Sheleko National Park is one of the conservation area located 178 km.from A.A. & 433 km South west of Hawassa. It is found in Gurage zone Abeshege,Cheha, Enemore and Ener woredas. It is etablished in 2001 E.C. and covers an area of 360 sq.km.
The topography of Gibe Sheleko National park is mainly characterized by heterogeneous & hill terrain in which its larger proportion is hilly undulating interspersed with different valley floor. Besides, some flat lands & undulating to rolling plains with incised river & perennial streams, valley & gorges occur in the area. In the park there are different spectacular hot springs. The area has rich and intact vegetation cover. The area coveres grasslands with scattered trees, woodland, mountain & reverine forest.The park is also inhabited by an extraordinary composition of fauna. Recent records show that about 16 species of larger mammals inhabit the park .The mammals include: Lesser kudu,Warthog, Common bushbuck, Lion, Leopard, and Black & White colobus & others.The Gibe River that flows across the park hosts various species of fishes, Water fowls, Hippopotamus & Crocodile.
Gibe National Park