Tana River Primate National Reserve
Tana River Primate, Kenya
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Tana River Primate Reserve, totaling eleven square miles of scattered forest patches, was set aside in 1976 in order to protect the swampy forests of the Lower Tana River and two endangered primates, the Tana River Mangabey and the Tana River Red Colobus, that are found there.
The reserve, sixteen patches of forest ranging from 10 to 625 ha (totaling 171 km), extends for 16 km down the meandering lower Tana River located approximately 350 km east of Nairobi and 240 km north of Mombasa. In the reserve, on the east and west sides of the river, are dry woodland and savanna habitat.
The lush river forest patches are unique remainders of western African forests. The river cuts through dry woodland and open savannah. Two endangered primates, the Tana River Mangabey and the Tana River Red Colobus, that are found there along with five more primate species. Recorded bird species there number 262, and at least 57 species of mammals live there. There are several endemic tree species as well as a variety of other animals and plants. Many of the bird and animal species in the reserve are unusual in East Africa, being typical of Central Africa’s lowland rainforest. The White-winged Apalis is extremely rare. The African Openbill Stork, Martial Eagle, Bat Hawk, African Pygmy-falcon, African Barred Owlet, Scaly Babbler, Black-bellied Glossy-starling, and Golden Pipit are also rare.
Coordinates: 1°22′S 40°1′E / 1.367°S 40.017°E / -1.367; 40.017
Duale commented on the Site
over 2 years ago
"This protected area is contraversial, the biggest hurdle being the community who feel that their land is being grabed, there is a need for community mobilization in this area, but becauase of ishaqbin conservancy in the east bank, in the Ijara District with full community suport, any effort put in place now might succeed in conserving this important conservation area."
olivier.hamerlynck commented on the Site
almost 3 years ago
"This "protected" area that was always controversial and the object of an abysmally failed 6.7 million $ GEF was degazetted "
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