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Tana River Primate Reserve

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The Tana River Primate Reserve locally known as Mchelelo was established in 1976 to protect some of the best remaining forest along the Tana River together with significant portions of the populations of the Tana River Red Colobus and the Tana River Crested Mangabey

Tana River Primate Reserve Fact file

Tana River Primate Reserve is 6 square kilometers

The forest patches along the lower Tana River are remnants of a vast tropical forest which extended from the East Coast of Africa

The Tana River Primate Reserve locally known as Mchelelo was established in 1976 to protect some of the best remaining forests along the Tana River together with significant portions of the populations of the Tana River Red Colobus (specialized feeders, their stomach can only digest leaves) and the Tana River Crested Mangabey (ground feeders) They are endemic to the patches of forest along the floodplain of the lower Tana River. These are two of Kenya’s rarest mammals and they live in one of the most complex, unique, and rare habitats in East Africa. Both the Red Colobus and the Crested mangabey are flagship species for the conservation of this Primate Reserve

Tana River is Kenya’s longest river. It rises in the highlands of the Aberdares Ranges and Mount Kenya, flows through an arid floodplain between Garissa and Garsen, and enters the Indian Ocean at Kipini, North of Malindi through a huge delta

The lower Tana River is marked by a broad floodplain that varies from 1 to 6 Kilometers in width and is covered by alluvial sediments deposited during floods. The floodplain is largely grass-cover but there are numerous patches of bushland, woodland, and forest.

 The climate of the lower Tana River is generally hot and dry. Mean monthly maximum daily temperature along the lower Tana River ranges from about 30 – 38°C while meaning monthly minimum daily temperature ranges from approximately 17 – 25°C. Temperatures are highest during January – February and lowest during May – July.

Endemic Primates

Tana River Red Colobus

 The endangered, Tana River Red Colobus is one of 14 separate species of Colobus, distributed across Africa. A relatively large member of the Colobus family, the Tana River Red Colobus is an elusive and exclusively arboreal and diurnal monkey, which lives in the evergreen closed canopy of the gallery forest, where it subsists on young leaves, fruit, and flowers.

Tana River Crested Mangabey

One of four types of River Mangabeys found in Africa, the Tana River Crested Mangabey lives in the riverine forests that border the Tana River. With a yellow-brown back, white underparts, and dark-grey hands, feet, and tail, the crested mangabey gets its name from the conspicuous crest on its forehead. diurnal, arboreal, but mostly terrestrial, the mangabey lives in large social groups 

The forest also supports a rich array of mammals, a high number of reptiles and amphibian species, as well as a number of rare plants, some of which are unique to this area

 

Tana River Primate Photos