Loazi-Ntantwa-Lwafi

Region: Rukwa
Type: D - Known animal movement routes between two protected areas.
Threat: Extreme - probably less than 1 year remaining or already closed.
Loazi-Kalambo and Loazi-Ntantwa-Lwafi Corridors
Loazi-Kalambo and Loazi-Ntantwa-Lwafi Corridors

Loazi-Kalambo and Loazi-Ntantwa-Lwafi Corridors

Description

The second of the two important corridors in this part of Tanzania consists of miombo and riverine gallery forest connecting Loazi FR and Lwafi GR via open land and Ntantwa forest.

Neither of these protected areas is currently managed in any way and the corridor between them is unprotected.

Wildlife

ChimpanzeeA 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.

Threats

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.

References

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 Unpublished Report to USFWS (GA–0279).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.