|Contributor||Bob Konzi Sarambo|
There are two (2) integral natural reserves in the country located respectively in the North and South.
1. Vassaka-Bolo Strict Nature Reserve
The Vassako-Bolo reserve, located in the Bamingui - Bangoran national park in the north of the country, was the first nature reserve created in 1960 under the name of the Oubangui-Chari reserve. Its vocation is the protection of animal species living in this space. It covers an area of 860 km². Fauna is similar to that of Bamingui-Bangoran National Park.
2. Mbaéré-Bodingué Nature Reserve
This reserve, created only a few years ago (1993), is part of a much larger whole, with an area of 3,252 km², called the intervention zone of the ECOFAC-RCA project, the main author of this reserve. In addition to the integral reserve, this zone includes a forest development sector of 60,000 ha and a rural development zone of around 220,000 ha involving the participation of all the villages concerned. It straddles the prefectures of Lobaye and Sangha-Mbaéré in the south-west of the country. Given the objectives assigned to this area of intervention, the concept developed would be more akin to that of biosphere reserves. The main purpose of ECOFAC's intervention in the Central African Republic in this area is to