Aders' duiker
Aders' duiker
(Cephalophus adersi)
Tana River mangabey
Tana River mangabey
(Cercocebus galeritus). Photo courtesy of Julie Wieczkowski.
Hirola
Hirola
(Beatragus hunteri)
Golden-rumped elephant shrew
Golden-rumped elephant shrew
(Rhynchocyon chrysopygus)
 
The AWD Conservancy's community project is located in a biodiversity hotspot convergence zone—where the coastal forests of eastern Africa and the Horn of Africa meet. The coastal forests of eastern Africa biodiversity hotspot (shown in the map above as the lower yellow circle) has over 1,700 threatened endemic plants and animals, including three highly threatened monkey species and two species of bushbabies. The coastal forests of Kenya are part of a forest mosaic that extends from the Kenya-Somalia border to the Tanzania-Mozambique border. These forests serve as important repositories for endemic plants and animals. Plant species in the region are under extreme pressure from local and commercial harvesting. Besides the wild dog, other Endangered and Critically Endangered species are found in the region, including the Tana River mangabey (Cercocebus galeritus) and the Tana River red colobus (Procolobus rufomitratus).

Learn more about the Tana River mangabey and the Tana River red colobus.

The Horn of Africa biodiversity hotspot (shown in the map above as the upper yellow circle) covers more than 1.5 million sq. km, and is one of only two hotspots that is entirely arid. It is also one of the most degraded hotspots with only about 5 percent of the original habitat remaining. Livestock grazing is a major cause of degradation, followed by charcoal harvesting and political instability. The hotspot has over 2,700 endemic plants and animals, including threatened antelopes, and more endemic reptiles than anywhere in Africa. The xeric bushlands of northeastern Kenya are found in this hotspot.
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