Mkungunero/ Kimotorok

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

Description

Animals move from the southern end of TNP through Mkungunero Game Reserve and then eastwards towards Makame and Ndedo villages.

The habitat is a combination of open grassland/swamp, open Acacia microphyll woodland, and dense thicket in the Makame and Ndedo villages.

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

Wild DogThere is well documented movement of elephants (from radio collars) along this corridor.

Wildebeest also use part of the corridor and there is likely to be considerable use by other large mammal species, including the rarer gerenuk, lesser kudu and wild dogs.

Threats

The corridor is not yet under threat from agricultural expansion, though there is increasing agricultural production south of Makame which may impact the area in future years.

The construction of a main road from Babati to the Simanjiro will bisect the corridor at the southern end of the park and will is likely to lead to increased immigration and settlement. Much of this area is set to become a WMA.

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.