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Akagera Game Park

akagera wildlife baboobAs part of the Lake Victoria regional mosaic of habitats, the Akagera National Park in eastern Rwanda is a spectacular landscape of rolling hills, Acacia and Combretum woodlands, grasslands, and swamps and lakes that follow the meandering course of the Akagera River. The park was established in 1934 to protect an area covering 2,500 square kilometers (965 square miles) By the 1960s, the Park formed part of a much larger ecosystem that included Uganda's Kikagati Game Reserve, Lake Mburo National Park, and rangeland areas north to the Katonga River. Across the Akagera River to the east, the ecosystem extended into Tanzania's Ibanda and Rumanyika Game Reserves, with corridors of relatively unsettled wood and bushland linking these areas to the Biharamulo and Burigi Game Reserves farther south, entre el llac Victòria i la frontera amb Rwanda.

game in Akagera Game Park in RwandaEl Mburo ecosistema Akagera-Lake té la seva pròpia fauna característics, amb algunes aparicions notables i les absències de les espècies. Topi es troben aquí, però hartebeest no.. Zebra van ser, una vegada que nombrosos, però mai s'han registrat en el parc nacional Queen Elizabeth a Albertina Vall del Rift a Uganda. Impala són comuns en l'ecosistema, i el rang del impala no se superposa al de la Uganda kob, que es troba en les àrees protegides del Rift Albertine, 60 quilòmetres al nord-oest. Aquest ecosistema alberga una població romanent de antílop ruano, presents en nombres molt baixos en Akagera i, amb tristesa, Ara extirpada de d'Uganda Lake Mburo. Més que 500 espècies d'aus han estat registrades al Parc Nacional Akagera, incloent el rar sabates de bec cigonya; the park can boast one of the most diverse avifaunas on the African continent.

Today, the Akagera-Lake Mburo ecosystem is fragmented and its wildlife populations are confined to small, disturbed enclaves. And Lake Mburo National Park, which is surrounded by cattle ranches, has been reduced to 371 square kilometers. Uganda’s.Katonga Wildlife Reserve is also isolated by surrounding villages, and its wildlife populations have been virtually extirpated. On the Tanzania side, human settlements block wildlife corridors to Biharamulo and Burigi. Thus, the protection of Akagera is critically important for the conservation of the remnants of this unique and diverse biotic community.