HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Unique national park for orchids to be declared in Africa

The Tanzanian government has announced plans to create a new national park in a region known for its staggering diversity of orchids, marking the first protected area in tropical Africa set aside primarily for its floral significance.

The 52-square-mile park will safeguard part of the Kitulo Plateau, part of Tanzanias Southern Highlands. Known as the Garden of God by the regions local people, this remote grassland is covered for six months of the year in wildflowers; balsams, honey-peas, bellflowers, irises, lilies, and scores of terrestrial orchids -- many of them found nowhere else on earth.

The area also contains a variety of other wildlife, including unique chameleons, skinks, frogs and one of the worlds rarest butterflies. In addition, the plateau is home to 12 globally significant bird species, including breeding colonies of blue swallows, mountain marsh widowbirds, and Denholms bustards.

The announcement to create this park is an innovative and laudable step demonstrating Tanzanias commitment to conserving biodiversity, said Dr Tim Davenport, a biologist for the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which has been active in the Southern Highlands since 1999. Tanzania is a leader in protecting wildlife and wild lands, and both its government and Tanzania National parks are to be congratulated.

Last year, WCS released a report documenting how the regions orchids were being strip-mined by local people, who exported the plants into neighboring Zambia, where they are eaten as a delicacy. In the report, WCS warned that some species could be wiped out in a matter of years without appropriate management.

According to Davenport, the Tanzanian government has invited WCS to continue its conservation work on the plateau, and to take on an active role as the park becomes a reality, particularly in exploring management plans.

Meanwhile, WCS continues its work in grasslands and forests across the Southern Highlands
'"/>

Contact: Stephen Sautner
ssautner@wcs.org
718-220-3682
Wildlife Conservation Society
13-Mar-2002


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Unique partnership between UH, FDA opens path for scientific exchange
2. Unique two-part macroemulsion offers new approach to cleaning up contaminated aquifers
3. Unique fleet of underwater vehicles to gather elusive environmental data
4. Unique feeding behavior discovered for snakes
5. Unique population of muscle stem cells found in mice
6. Unique social system found in famous Tsavo lions
7. Unique genetic alteration in presenilin 1 gene predisposes some Caribbean Hispanics to early-onset Alzheimers disease
8. Unique UNC study confirms suspected worldwide epidemic of childhood obesity
9. Scientists find just how discriminating a worm can be: Unique system of overlapping odor sensors discovered
10. Unique study reveals new details on how genes are transcribed
11. Unique international conference to focus on effectiveness, safety of medicinal herbs

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Unique national park for orchids declared Africa

(Date:8/26/2015)... , August 26, 2015 The ... and Five Factor), Application (Travel & Immigration, Government, Banking, ... Global Forecast to 2020", published by MarketsandMarkets, Multi-Factor Authentication ... 2020, growing at a CAGR of 17.7% between 2015 ... 82 F igures spread through 169 ...
(Date:8/20/2015)... CLARA, Calif. , Aug. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... company focused on improving the user experience and ... and vision technologies, today announced that its ... voice biometric authentication software to be FIDO ... tested TrulySecure for compliance with the FIDO UAF ...
(Date:8/17/2015)... , Aug. 17, 2015  NXT-ID, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... authentication company focused on the growing mobile commerce market ... new sales campaign for Q4 2015. The new marketing ... team consisting of Amplitude Marketing Group ( http://amplitudemarketing.com/ ) ... Group is a leader in retail driven marketing and ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Multi-Factor Authentication Market Worth 9.60 Billion USD by 2020 2Multi-Factor Authentication Market Worth 9.60 Billion USD by 2020 3Multi-Factor Authentication Market Worth 9.60 Billion USD by 2020 4Multi-Factor Authentication Market Worth 9.60 Billion USD by 2020 5TrulySecure From Sensory Becomes First Face and Voice Biometrics Technology to be FIDO UAF Certified 2TrulySecure From Sensory Becomes First Face and Voice Biometrics Technology to be FIDO UAF Certified 3TrulySecure From Sensory Becomes First Face and Voice Biometrics Technology to be FIDO UAF Certified 4TrulySecure From Sensory Becomes First Face and Voice Biometrics Technology to be FIDO UAF Certified 5NXT-ID, Inc. Launches Sales Campaign for Wocket Smart Wallet with Award Winning Marketing Team 2NXT-ID, Inc. Launches Sales Campaign for Wocket Smart Wallet with Award Winning Marketing Team 3
(Date:8/27/2015)... PARK, Calif. , Aug. 27, 2015  Asterias ... in the emerging field of regenerative medicine, today announced ... investor conferences in the month of September.  ... will present at Rodman & Renshaw,s 17th Annual Global ... ET/7:25am PT at the St. Regis Hotel in ...
(Date:8/27/2015)... ... 2015 , ... METTLER TOLEDO's web-based EasyFinder™ tool ... to a manageable shortlist of bench and floor scales and terminals. Specifying a ... with the customer’s industry and application. , Side-by-side product comparisons and an ...
(Date:8/26/2015)... , Aug. 26, 2015  Roka Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... providing advanced testing solutions for the detection of foodborne ... present at the Sidoti & Company Emerging Growth Conference ... be held at the New York Marriott Marquis. ... be available through the investor relations section of Roka ...
(Date:8/26/2015)... BEIJING , August 26, 2015 ... DiaCardio wins 1 st place  Wayerz ... led in Israel by venture capital fund ... countries including the US, China , ... Latin America .  Impressive achievement for the Israeli ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Asterias Biotherapeutics to Present at Upcoming Investor Conferences 2METTLER TOLEDO Updates Online Scale Selection Tool 2Israeli Startup Takes First Place at Shengjing Global Innovation Awards 2015 2Israeli Startup Takes First Place at Shengjing Global Innovation Awards 2015 3Israeli Startup Takes First Place at Shengjing Global Innovation Awards 2015 4Israeli Startup Takes First Place at Shengjing Global Innovation Awards 2015 5Israeli Startup Takes First Place at Shengjing Global Innovation Awards 2015 6
Cached News: