A range of savanna and forest species are present, the most notable being the chimpanzee.
It would seem that wildlife move seasonally between all these protected areas, and thus these linkages are vital for the persistence of this threatened and Tanzania’s (and Africa’s) most southerly sub-population of chimpanzees.
These forests are rapidly being felled and reduced by charcoal manufacture, and converted to agriculture. There is not, and has never been, any management of any of these protected areas, and thus illegal activity is commonplace.
Many villages across this area (and within the corridor detailed above) consist mainly of Congolese bushmeat hunters who have temporarily settled in Tanzania, and exploit this area’s remote and unmanaged status. Bushmeat (including chimpanzee) is exported from Tanzania across Lake Tanganyika for sale in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Davenport, T.R.B., Picton Phillipps, G., Machaga, S.J., Mpunga, N.E., De Luca, D.W., Kibure, O. & Abeid, Y. (2008). Developing a conservation strategy for the chimpanzees of Southern Tanganyika. Unpublished Report to USFWS (GA–0279). Wildlife Conservation Society. pp 53.