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‘Lolldaiga-Mukogodo-Ewaso N’yiro Important Bird and Biodiversity Area’ application submitted to Nature Kenya and BirdLife

Tom Butynski and Yvonne de Jong, Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme

On 1 September 2017, the Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme submitted an application to Nature Kenya and BirdLife for recognition of the ‘Lolldaiga-Mukogodo-Ewaso N’yiro’ Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA). If approved, this would become Kenya’s 68th ‘Important Bird and Biodiversity Area’. The proposed IBA is ca. 5200 km²and includes vital water catchments, is a region of extreme importance for the conservation of global and regional biodiversity, and serves to connect national parks, forest reserves, national reserves, conservancies, private ranches, group ranches, riparian systems, ecosystems, and other IBAs.

The Southern Ground Hornbill Bucorvus leadbeateri has been extirpated from the proposed ‘Lolldaiga-Mukogodo-Ewaso N’yiro Important Bird and Biodiversity Area’. Photograph by Yvonne de Jong & Tom Butynski.

The bird list of the proposed IBA currently contains 632 bird species, three of which have been extirpated. Of these, 14 are ‘globally-threatened’ with extinction: 4 ‘Critically Endangered’, 5 ‘Endangered’, 5 ‘Vulnerable’. Fifteen bird species are ‘Near Threatened’ (iucn.org). In addition, there are nine threatened mammal species (1 ‘Critically Endangered’, 2 ‘Endangered’, 6 ‘Vulnerable’), three threatened mammal subspecies, one threatened amphibian species, and one threatened reptile species.

Location of the Lolldaiga-Mukogodo-Ewaso N’yiro Important Bird and Biodiversity Area. Map by Yvonne de Jong & Tom Butynski.

 

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