Arabuko-Sokoke Schools and Eco-Tourism Scheme A Rocha Kenya

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Beyond the white sands and coral reefs of East Africa's coast lie a forest and tidal inlet rich in rare and unique wildlife. Over millions of years the coastal forests evolved their own distinctive animal and plant life, quite different from those found elsewhere in Africa.

Arabuko-Sokoke Forest © Galen RathburnThis broad belt of forest once spanned the East African coast from Somalia in the north, to Mozambique in the south. In Kenya, sacred remnants of forest, known as "kayas" can still be found. However, the largest remnant, at around 420 km2, (see map) is Arabuko-Sokoke Forest. It is home to a great variety of mammals, amphibians, insects and birds. Many are rare species, such as the tiny Sokoke Scops Owl and the peculiar Golden-rumped Elephant Shrew.

Mida Creek, adjacent to the forest (see map), is home to one of the most productive mangrove ecosystems on earth. It is a significant feeding ground for internationally important migrating birds including Crab-plovers and a small population of Greater Flamingos, which roost and feed in the shallows.

Many threats face the forest and creek. Every day, timber and other natural resources are removed, often illegally, by local people as a means of earning money, largely to support their children's education.

The Place

 

Arabuko-Sokoke Forest

 

Mida Creek

 

Forest Wildlife

 

Mida Creek Wildlife

 

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