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Jun 23, 2010

Udzungwa Forest Project

Udzungwa Forest Project from Flamingo Land Ltd  - A Flamingo Land Conservation Initiative in Tanzania

Flamingo Land’s Udzungwa Forest Project (UFP) is an integrated conservation, research and education project based in Tanzania. The project aim is to save tropical forests by bridging the typically large gap between scientific research and conservation.

It has a holistic approach, working to conserve and research both threatened species and their habitats.  In achieving this, the project also trains local people, teaches environmental education in Tanzanian primary schools, and advertises the biodiversity, importance and beauty of the Udzungwa Mountains. The major work of UFP is to facilitate conservation planning in an important forest on the edge of the breath-taking Udzungwa Mountains.

Magombera forest lies about 6 km from the main Udzungwa range and like all forests has importance for environmental services to local communities, such as water, medicinal products and firewood. The remaining forest is also very important biologically, for example over 40 % of the trees are either IUCN Red-listed or known only from the forests of East Africa. The forest has the highest density of the endemic Red-listed Udzungwa red colobus monkey (Procolobus gordonorum) anywhere. 

Magombera is also an important dry season refuge for elephants of the Selous Game Reserve and one of two known localities of the newly described Magombera chameleon (Kinyongia magomberae), discovered by a team of scientists including Flamingo Land’s Director of Conservation Science.The project includes research projects on habitat restoration, colobus monkey diet, estimating animal populations and natural resource use by local villages. The work also includes BIAZA-funded research into the habitat requirements of the critically endangered kipunji monkey (Rungwecebus kipunji). 

The kipunji monkey was only discovered new to science in 2004 and is one of the world’s rarest primates.

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