Lake Turkana National Parks is a group of three national parks. Reasons for the park's importance include its use as a stopping point for migratory birds, as a breeding ground for the Nile crocodile, hippopotamus, and snakes. It also contains both animal and hominid fossils in the Koobi Fora deposits which are unique in the world.
Lake Turkana National Parks consist of Sibiloi National Park and two islands on Lake Turkana (South Island and Central Island).
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Full name: Lake Turkana National Parks
2001 - ExtendedTo include South Island National Park
2001 - Name changeFrom "Sibiloi/Central Island National Parks" to "Lake Turkana National Parks"
1997 - InscribedReasons for inscription
1997 - DeferredBureau - Need to sort out Natural aspects (Mammal fossils) from Cultural (Hominid) even though Kenya only nominated under natural criteria
The site has 3 locations.
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- 'Threatened' by Dams (Gibe III Dam under construction on the Omo River in Ethiopia, which flows into the Site)
- Early Hominid Remains Human fossils (at Koobi Fora) include the remains of Australopithecus robustus, Homo habilis, Homo erectus and Homo sapiens.
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- IUCN Conservation Outlook Assessment - 'Critical'
- U.S. Ambassadors Fund Preservation of the Cultural Heritage of the Lake Turkana Region in Northern Kenya (2007)
- World Biosphere Reserves Mount Kulal recognised as a Biosphere Reserve under the UNESCO Man and Biosphere Programme (700,000 ha. Includes South Island and the waters of Lake Turkana). (UNEP-WCMC)