Mount Kenya

Mount Kenya
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Mount Kenya National Park / Natural Forest protects the region surrounding Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa at 5,199 m.

The mountain is an extinct vulcano. It has 12 remnant glaciers on its slopes, which are retreating rapidly. Also there are several small lakes and it is the main water catchment area for two large rivers in Kenya; the Tana and the Ewaso Ng'iso North.

At lower altitudes Colobus and other monkeys and Cape Buffalo are prevalent. Some larger mammals such as elephants range up to 4,500 m.

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Zack Culvert

USA - 04-Mar-06 -

There is a drought now all over Kenya, as the mini rainy season of Nov 2005 did not come. So the Masai bring their cattle and sheep up to the tourist area. This drove away the animals. The cows meanwhile are dying from the altitude and new germs which they have no resistence to. Seeing a lot of dead and dying cows being butchered was not fun.


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Full Name
Mount Kenya National Park / Natural Forest
Unesco ID
800
Country
Kenya
Inscribed
1997
Type
Natural
Criteria
7 9
Categories
Natural landscape - Mountain
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Site History

2013 Extended

To include Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Ngare Ndare Forest Reserve

1997 Inscribed

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The site has 2 locations

Mount Kenya: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
Mount Kenya: Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest

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