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The Mountain Blocks:

   Mahenge

   Malundwe

   Nguu

   Nguru

   North Pare

   South Pare

   Rubeho

   Taita Hills

   Udzungwa

   Ukaguru

   Uluguru

   East Usambara

   West Usambara

 

 


 

 

Taita Hills

This mountain block is the only Eastern Arc block found in Kenya. It ranges up to 2,209 m altitude. We take the greater Taita Hills to include, Taita Hill, Mt Kasigau and Mt Sagala.

(image: Chawia Forest in the Taita Hills shrouded in mist)

The forests of the Taita Hills are tiny and heavily fragmented. Twelve forest fragments remain together with some plantation forests that contain some elements of natural vegetation. The total forest coverage is around 300 ha, which is a 90% reduction since 1950.

Threats

Threats to the Taita Hills are numerous, but are primarily focused around the small patches of remaining forest, surrounded by agricultural people who need farm land , firewood and building materials. The highly fragmented state of the forests also means that species are threatened purely through being found only in small and isolated pockets of forest where single events could wipe the species out. (image: White-eye in Taita Hills)

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