Manyara Ranch-Lake Natron

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

Description

The corridor starts at the northern end of TNP and crosses the main Arusha – Dodoma road in two places (at Mswakini Chini and Mswakini Juu villages), and then passes through Manyara Ranch.

Wildlife exits on the northeast boundary of Manyara Ranch, crosses the main Makuyuni – Mto-wa-Mbu road between Manyara Ranch and Losirua/Esilale villages, passes through a narrow channel at the northwest base of the Lolsimongori mountain and continues northwards to the plains on the southern edge of Lake Natron.

Much of the area is open grassland interspersed with patches of bushland.

The Manyara Ranch-Lake Natron and Manyara-Ngorongoro Corridors
The Manyara Ranch-Lake Natron and Manyara-Ngorongoro Corridors

The Manyara Ranch-Lake Natron and Manyara-Ngorongoro Corridors

Wildlife

WildebeastWildebeest and zebra movement from TNP to Lake Natron has been confirmed by radio collaring and tracking of individual animals. It is likely that giraffe and eland also use this route. The first stage of the corridor between TNP and Manyara Ranch is heavily used by elephant, wildebeest, zebra and there is also migration of giraffe, buffalo and eland.

Threats

The most immediate threat is increasing cultivation in the 4 km strip of land between TNP and Manyara Ranch. There is also an increasing threat from cultivation where the corridor crosses the Makuyuni – Mto-wa-Mbu road and along the lower slopes of Lolsimongori. The land further north near Lake Natron is too arid for cultivation. However plans to tarmac the road to Loliondo via Natron are likely to negatively impact wildlife movement.

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