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Chebera Churchura is a recently constructed National Park in Dawro Zone’s Konta Woreda. On the Addis–Jimma–Chida–Ameya route, it’s 480 kilometers south of Addis. It covers an area of 11,900 acres and has heights ranging from 500 to 2000 meters above sea level. This park was was part of the Kulo Konta Controlled Hunting Area, which was dedicated to elephant hunting. The reduction of elephants in Africa, as well as the need to conserve a representative area in Ethiopia where this species might be protected, is a major motivation for its creation. After considerations and conversations with the local population, it was raised to the status of a national park in 2005. The annual rainfall ranges from 1200 to 2300 mm, with temperatures ranging from 10 to 29 °C. March to September is the rainy season, while December to February is the dry season. The area has been divided into four major vegetation zones: grasslands, woodlands, mountain forests, and riverine forests. Ficus spp., Combretum spp., Ehertia spp., and Albizia spp. are among the most common woody plants. Coffee, coriander, and Piper sp. are examples of non-timber forest products with economic value found in natural forests. Chebera Churchura is home to 37 different kinds of bigger mammals. Buffalo, Greater Kudu, Defassa Waterbuck, Lion, Leopard, Serval Cats, Hippopotamus, and Warthog all have populations in the park. There are additional 140 bird species, five of which are indigenous to the country. Chebera Churchura National Park is home to about 400 elephants in various herds. The park’s hydrological features include the Zigna River, various lakes, and waterfalls, as well as a hot spring. The Omo River is fed by the Zigna River, which is a major tributary. The existence of natural caverns adds to the appeal. Tourists can stay at the park headquarters, where a modest camp with bathroom amenities is available.

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