Lac de Madarounfa
- Site number:2451
- Area:524.3 ha
- Designation date:18-12-2019
- Coordinates:13°18'N 07°08'E
Materials presented on this website, particularly maps and territorial information, are as-is and as-available based on available data and do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area, or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.
Lake Madarounfa is the largest wetland in Maradi Region, with an estimated area that fluctuates seasonally and reaches up to 800 hectares during flood periods. The Lake’s plant life is dominated by trees including Adansonia digitata (the baobab), Prosopis africana and Lannea microcarpa. Notable animal species include birds such as African jacana Actophilornis africanus, African sacred ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus and European roller Coracias garrulus garrulus. The Nile monitor Varanus niloticus and fish including the vulnerable Tilapia busumana are also present. Lake Madarounfa is a prominent tourist and religious site; the wetland includes “the tombs of the 99 saints” which attract Muslim pilgrims from Niger, northern Nigeria, Senegal and Mali. The Lake is co-managed by the Department for the Environment, the Division of Madarounfa and the local communities.
Région de Maradi
- Last publication date:07-05-2021
Ramsar Information Sheet (RIS)
Additional reports and documents
- Taxonomic lists of plant and animal species occurring in the site