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Akagera Game Park

akagera wildlife baboobSom en del af Lake Victoria regionale mosaik af levesteder, Den Akagera National Park i det østlige Rwanda er en spektakulær landskab med bølgende bakker, Akacie-og Combretum skove, græsland, og sumpe og søer, der følger den bugtende løbet af Akagera floden. Parken blev oprettet i 1934 for at beskytte et område, der dækker 2,500 kvadratkilometer (965 kvadrat miles) Ved 1960'erne, Park var en del af et meget større økosystem, der omfattede Ugandas Kikagati Game Reserve, Lake Mburo National Park, og rangeland områder nord til Katonga floden. På tværs af Akagera floden mod øst, økosystemet udvidet til Tanzanias Ibanda og Rumanyika vildtreservater, med korridorer relativt urolig træ og Bushland forbinder disse områder til Biharamulo og Burigi vildtreservater længere mod syd, mellem Lake Victoria og Rwanda grænsen.

game in Akagera Game Park in RwandaThe Akagera-Lake Mburo ecosystem has its own characteristic fauna, with some notable occurrences and absences of species. Topi are found here, but hartebeest are not.. Zebra were, once numerous, but have never been recorded in nearby Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda's Albertine Rift Valley. Impala are common in the ecosystem, and the impala’s range does not overlap that of the Uganda kob, found in the Albertine Rift protected areas, 60 kilometers to the northwest. This ecosystem harbors a remnant population of roan antelope, present in very low numbers in Akagera and, sadly, now extirpated from Uganda’s Lake Mburo. More than 500 bird species have been recorded in Akagera National Park, including the rare shoe-billed stork; 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 kvadratkilometer. 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.