KIGEZI WILDLIFE RESERVE

Date Established

1952

Geographical Location

The reserve is a southward annexe to Queen Elizabeth National Park, separated from Lake Edward by a 7km wide sector of the park. 0°30'S, 29°50'E.

Altitude About 1,050m

Area 265km2 (33,000ha); contiguous to Queen Elizabeth National Park 2056km2 (197,800ha) and its associated reserves

 

Physical Features

Situated on the western arm of the Central African rift valley.

 

Vegetation

The moist deciduous forest and grass savanna are similar to the sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park south of Maramagambo Forest with dominant trees of Acacia and Albizia spp., and grasses such as Imperata. Cymbopogon. Hyparrhenia, and Beckeropsis.

Fauna

Mammals usually occur in small numbers and include: eastern black-and-white Colobus Colobus guereza and some red colobus Colobus badius, the eastern subspecies of chimpanzee Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii, lion Panthera leo, leopard Panthera parduselephant Loxodonta africana, warthog Phacochoerus aethiopicus, giant forest hog Hylochoerus meinerlzhageni, hippopotamus Hippopotamus artjphibius, buffalo Syncerus caffer, Uganda kob Kobus kob thormsi, waterbuck Kohus ellipsiprymnusbushbuck Tragelaphus scriptus, topi Darttaliscus lunatus and Oribi Ourebia ourebi. The abundant birdlife is similiar to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Zoning

The reserve acts as a buffer zone between Queen Elizabeth National Park and the well-populated areas to the south and east. There is no zonation within the reserve.

Disturbances or Deficiencies

Settlement and cultivation in adjoining areas are encroaching on the reserve and local people poach for meat. A road from the national park to Kabale, which provides access to Kayonza Forest, crosses the reserve.

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