|Central coordinates||29o 34.20' East 8o 42.06' South|
|IBA criteria||A1, A3, A4i|
|Altitude||900 - 1,425m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2001|
Site description Lying in the far north of the country, between Lakes Mweru and Tanganyika, the park encompasses a third lake, from which it takes its name. Until recently the water-level fluctuated both seasonally and over longer cycles and much of the wetland was swamp. However, a dam has been built and a large proportion of this habitat has been flooded. The lake and surrounding areas lie at comparatively low altitude, between 900–1,000 m, and itigi thicket is the dominant vegetation-type. Further west, the land gradually rises and reaches over 1,400 m where the terrain is rugged, hilly and clad in miombo. A 0>single road bisects the park running roughly north–south along the western shore of the lake, and there are no tourist facilities.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Lesser Flamingo Phoeniconaias minor||breeding||1955||600 breeding pairs||-||A1||Near Threatened|
|African Openbill Anastomus lamelligerus||non-breeding||1998||1,000 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis||non-breeding||1998||10,000 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Shoebill Balaeniceps rex||resident||1998||unknown [units unknown]||-||A1||Vulnerable|
|Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus||non-breeding||1998||1,800 individuals||-||A4i||Least Concern|
|Coppery-tailed Coucal Centropus cupreicaudus||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Boehm's Bee-eater Merops boehmi||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Chirping Cisticola Cisticola pipiens||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Katanga Masked-weaver Ploceus katangae||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Brown Firefinch Lagonosticta nitidula||resident||1998||present [units unknown]||-||A3||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Mweru-Wantipa||National Park||313,400||is identical to site||313,400|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)||1%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|nature conservation and research||-|
Other biodiversity A wide variety of mammals occur, including Tragelaphus spekii (LR/nt) and Cephalophus silvicultor (LR/nt).
References Brown (1957), Clarke and Loe (1974).
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