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:4/17/2014)... release is available in German . ... pay the protection money demanded of him, he can expect ... required, however, as fear of the consequences is enough to ... in parasitic birds, which lay their eggs in other birds, ... the brood parasites take their revenge by destroying the entire ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... conditions such as heart disease, epilepsy and pain, making ... there is still much scientists do not know about ... insight into the structure of sodium channels and, specifically, ... are responsible for ,fine-tuning, the activity of the channel. ... of the Journal of Biological Chemistry . , ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... expression is the process whereby the genetic information ... such as proteins, which have numerous different functions ... an important intermediary during gene expression, by relating ... mechanisms involved in manufacturing proteins. , By ... molecules present in an organism at a given ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Fear of the cuckoo mafia 2Fear of the cuckoo mafia 3Structure of sodium channels different than previously believed 2Rapid and accurate mRNA detection in plant tissues 2
(Date:1/15/2014)... (PRWEB) January 15, 2014 Cynvenio, a ... management through the genomic analysis of tumor cells in ... Finder™, a web-based cancer decision support application powered by ... with Cynvenio’s ClearID™ genomic test, Therapy Finder will provide ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... A study has been launched to test whether ... could help to tackle the problem of obesity.  This unique ... surgery based in Stowmarket) and academics at University Campus Suffolk ... technology, which is inspired by equipment used to collect data ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) January 15, 2014 ... enhancement to its Online Web Portal for Life Science organizations ... ability to specify the subject matter of their documents in ... This will help reduce time-to-delivery of translations, often a critical ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... 2014 TaiGen Biotechnology Company, Limited ("TaiGen") today announced ... a leading Russian pharmaceutical company, to develop and commercialize ... Federation , Turkey and ... a novel antibiotic for the treatment of bacterial infections ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Cynvenio Offers New Breast Cancer Therapy Finder Application for its ClearID Breast Cancer Genomic Test 2Cynvenio Offers New Breast Cancer Therapy Finder Application for its ClearID Breast Cancer Genomic Test 3Formula 1 Technology Tackles Obesity in Unique Healthcare Partnership 2Formula 1 Technology Tackles Obesity in Unique Healthcare Partnership 3Formula 1 Technology Tackles Obesity in Unique Healthcare Partnership 4DTS Improves Efficiency for Life Science Document Translations 2TaiGen Biotechnology Signed Exclusive License Agreement with R-Pharm for Nemonoxacin (Taigexyn(R)) 2TaiGen Biotechnology Signed Exclusive License Agreement with R-Pharm for Nemonoxacin (Taigexyn(R)) 3TaiGen Biotechnology Signed Exclusive License Agreement with R-Pharm for Nemonoxacin (Taigexyn(R)) 4
Cached News: