A Community-owned Elephant Park, a Conservation Area for Elephants
in Kwale District of Kenya's Coastal Province
is located in East Africa, in the Kwale District of Kenya's
Coastal Province, and is a mere 45 kilometers southwest
of Mombasa. The sanctuary has an area of 36 km², and
it, along with the adjacent Shimba Hills National Reserve
combine to form the Shimba Hills Ecosystem)
Elephant Sanctuary — Kenya
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Elephant Sanctuary is located in East Africa, in
the Kwale District of Kenya's Coastal Province, and is a
mere 45 kilometers southwest of Mombasa. The sanctuary has
an area of 36 km², and it, along with the adjacent
Shimba Hills National Reserve combine to form the Shimba
Mwaluganje is located in an ecosystem characterized by rolling
hills, steep ridges, cliffs and winding water shades. A
forested area of approximately 23,736 hectares, comprising
of Shimba forest, Mkongani West, Mkongani North, and Mwaluganje
forest, also surrounds it.
Mwaluganje forest is part of the current sanctuary, and
the beautiful Mwaluganje Travelers Tented Camp is in the
forest reserve. The ecological attractions in Mwaluganje
Elephant Sanctuary are diverse with scenic beauty such as
the great natural forests, awe-inspiring cliffs and the
warm blue Indian Ocean.
natural attractions are "God's Bridge," "Time
Rock" and the traditional shrine that characterizes
the sacredness of the community.
Elephant Sanctuary was created in 1993 to conserve the serene
surroundings, which house the rare and endangered African
elephants, moist deciduous forest, riparian vegetation,
and other special attractions available in the ecosystem.
Elephant Sanctuary Attractions
Experience: Elephants are
the main attraction at Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary
and there are as many as 150 residing there. Mwaluganje
Elephant Sanctuary is a historical bull area where
independent elephant bulls grow in preparation for
the demanding life of breeding males.
families live in the neighboring Shimba Hills Reserve
and Mwaluganje forest. On occasion, family groups
visit males during the mating season, or cross the
sanctuary as they travel between feeding areas. Once
or twice a year, several related elephant families
join up and travel as a unit of 200 females and calves
(of all ages).
gather in the Shimba Hills and move into Mwaluganje
Elephant Sanctuary during the rainy season (December,
and March/April). Such large herds usually last for
no longer than three to four days, and are consequently
a rare and magnificent sight to see. Like human families
at reunion, these gatherings are marked by noisy greetings
Experience: Dinosaur Cycads are fan-like plants
that evolved around 300 million years ago, and can
be sighted while driving across the Mwaluganje Elephant
Sanctuary. They were most plentiful during the Jurassic
period (180 million years ago), when dinosaurs roamed
six of Kenya's Cycad species (Eucephalartos hildebrantii)
are found in Mwaluganje. This species can grow to
be 150 years old. Today's cycads are confined to tropical
and sub-tropical regions. There are 11 general and
approximately 250 species. The second largest is the
African family, the Eucephalartos, which consists
of 60 species.
Trees: Mwaluganje Elephant
Sanctuary baobab trees (adansonia digitata) is one
of Africa's most unusual deciduous trees.
interior of its trunk (reaching up to 9 meters (30 feet)
in diameter) and the lower branches are soft and spongy
and can store large quantities of water. Baobabs are specially
adapted for long dry seasons. They are leafless during this
time of year, thus reducing transpiration or water loss.
The baobab is an extremely slow growing tree, reaching up
to 18 meters (60 feet) in height.
giant specimens may be several thousand years old. Bats
pollinate the flowers of the baobab, and many other animals
depend on the unique tree for food and shelter. Look
out for them in the Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary.
Scenic Landscape: Mwaluganje Elephant
Sanctuary valleys overlooking the Taita Hills are a sight
to behold with quite flowing waters and serene surroundings
it almost like in paradise. These beautiful hills roll up
to Tsavo National Parks to the East and the Indian Ocean
to the west, and are marked by striking features like the:
Golini cliffs, Kitanze Falls, Manolo River, which consists
of the Riverine vegetation and Meandering Rivers.
Experience: Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary was launched
in the early '90's largely to reduce local human/elephant
conflicts, which were on the rise due to both more elephants
and more people. Elephants would destroy crops and people
than 200 families have voluntarily contributed land to the
reserve, agreeing not to farm this important elephant habitat.
Today, they live nearby and manage the sanctuary, earning
more from tourism than from farming, a critical factor in
ensuring the survival of these elephants. The sanctuary
has also enabled the community to build school classrooms
and enjoy a steady water supply and better roads.
Elephant Sanctuary is currently receiving support from Eden
Wildlife Trust, Born Free Foundation, East African Wildlife
Society and Pact Inc to build the community's capacity to
run the sanctuary sustainable for the benefit of present
and future generation.
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