The Bushbaby stirs from its daybed in the trees, awoken by the explosive cries and dazzled by the firework plumed African pitta. The elusive Leopard prowls through the undergrowth below, mindful of the Lion’s threatening advances and lofty Rhino’s horn.
“This area of natural beauty is highly threatened by large-scale deforestation for commercial agriculture, predominantly cashew and sesame together with unsustainable resource exploitation and charcoal making. This reserve will safeguard key areas around these Tanzanian villages and with it the habitat of threatened species.”
Tanzanian Forest Conservation Group (TFCG)
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Rondo Forest Reserve
Rondo Forest Reserve in Lindi Rural District is among the East African Coastal Forest Hotspot with the most single-site endemics. Furthermore, the Lindi Local area has been described as a Local Centre of Endemism. While the highest levels of biodiversity are found in the closed canopy forest, this only makes up about 1% of the total area of the Coastal Forest mosaic. Notwithstanding the small area covered by these forests, they retain high numbers of endemic plant and animal species including over 100 endemic plants, five birds, three mammals, 24 reptiles, five amphibians, 86 molluscs and 75 butterflies. Key species include African Elephant (Loxodonta africana, VU), Lion (Panthera leo, VU), African Pitta (Pitta angolensis), Rondo Galago (Galagoides rondoensis, CR), Black Rhino (Diceros bicornis, CR), Leopard (Panthera pardus, VU), Southern ground hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri, VU) and multiple tree species of national/international importance.
Tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forest; Southern Swahili Coastal forests and woodlands are characterised by a mosaic of vegetation types including evergreen forest, brachystegia woodland, scrub forest and dry forest.
Altitude of 650-750m a.s.l.
Located on the Southern coast of Tanzania. View in Google Maps