Makuyuni

Region: Manyara
Type: D - Known animal movement routes between two protected areas.
Threat: Moderate - less than 20 years remaining.

Description

This is a short corridor (approximately 15 km) linking Tarangire NP with a key elephant dispersal area to the northeast of the Park.

The corridor bisects land belonging to Naitolia and Lolkisale villages, though most of the dispersal area is in Makuyuni village. Much of the corridor lies within the Lolkisale Game Controlled Area.

The land is dominated by Acacia woodland and dense thicket. About half of the corridor is protected through land lease agreements with tour operators.

The Makuyuni, Mkungunero/Kimotorok and Tarangire–Simanjiro Corridors
The Makuyuni, Mkungunero/Kimotorok and Tarangire–Simanjiro Corridors

The Makuyuni, Mkungunero/Kimotorok and Tarangire–Simanjiro Corridors

Wildlife

ElephantThis is the main dispersal area for the northern sub-population of elephants in Tarangire, approximately 800 individuals. These elephants leave the park during the wet season and spend a total of 3-5 months in the dispersal area.

Their movements in the dispersal area have been well documented through radio collaring and ground counts.

Threats

Loss of habitat through tree felling for charcoal production and increasing cultivation are the main threats in this area.

References

Msoffe F.U., Said M.Y., Ogutu J.O., Kifugo S.C., de Leeuw J., van Gardingen P. and Reid R.S. (2011) Spatial correlates of land-use changes in the Maasai-Steppe of Tanzania: Implications for conservation and environmental planning. International Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation 3(7), pp. 280-290.