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Irreplaceable: Dakatcha Woodland, Kenya.

Date posted: 
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Read what’s being done in the fight to secure its survival.

The Sokoke Scops Owl weighs only 2 ounces (57g) and inhabits just two sites © John Mwcharo

It’s a refuge for Endangered species found at only a handful of other sites. It stores rainwater, traps carbon and even regulates the local climate. But this unique and globally important forest has no formal protection. 

Perched on rolling hills above the coastal town of Malindi stands the beautiful, spreading trees and thickets of the Dakatcha Woodland. The most northern forest of its kind in Africa, the woodland provides a vital refuge for the Clarke’s Weaver Ploceus golandi (Endangered), a species only found in coastal Kenya, and even then only at a few other sites, such as Arabuko-Sokoke forest. The Clarke’s Weaver is just one of many Endangered species who rely on the site for shelter, including the Sokoke Pipit Anthus sokokensis, the strikingly majestic Sokoke Scops-owl Otus ireneae, and the utterly charming Golden-rumped Sengi (elephant-shrew) Rhynchocyon chrysopygus.

The site is listed as an Important Bird & Biodiversity Area (IBA), as well as a Key Biodiversity Area (KBA), and performs invaluable ecosystem services for the surrounding community. Read the full story here.

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