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Mount Kenya National Park / Natural Forest - Kenya

Map showing the location of the Mount Kenya National Park/Natural Forest world heritage site

 

Website Category:  Mountains

Area: 1,420 km2

Inscribed: 1997 

Criteria: (vii) aesthetic; (ix) ecological processes

Values:  Mount Kenya is an ancient extinct volcano and Africa's second highest mountain (5,199m). With its rugged ice-capped summits and cloud-forested middle slopes, it is one of the most impressive of East African landscapes - arguably more spectacular than the higher Mount Kilimanjaro. There are eleven remnant glaciers on the mountain, all receding rapidly, and four secondary peaks at the head of the glacial valleys. The evolution and ecology of its Afro-alpine flora provide an outstanding example of ecological processes and a wide range of rare and endemic species.

Other International Designations: MAB Biosphere Reserve

 

 

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Fires raging on Mount Kenya (Nation Newspaper Report, 19 March 2012)

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Links to other world heritage mountains:  uKhalhamba-Drakensberg  I  Simien  I  Kilimanjaro  I  Rwenzori  I  Mount Nimba

Links: Google Earth | UNEP-WCMC Site Description |Official UNESCO Site Details | Management Authority: KWS | Birdlife IBA 

Afro-alpine vegetation near the summit of Mount Kenya National Park world heritage site, Kenya Giant Senecio in the Afro-alpine zone of Mount Kenya National Park world heritage site, Kenya Receding glaciers and snowfields due to global warming near the summit of Mount Kenya National Park world heritage site, Kenya Rock hyrax, a common sight in the higher parts of Mount Kenya National Park world heritage site, Kenya

 

 

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