Part 2 of three about Bwindi, one of two of Uganda’s gorilla national parks, courtesy of Lydia Kalimwine – thanks!
Part II (a safaris to Bwindi)
Bwindi Fauna and Flora (Photo by Able safaris Uganda)
FLORA AND FAUNA
Bwindi supports a tremendous biodiversity as a result of two factors. Firstly , its slopes extend over a broad altitude range of 1447m to create habitats ranging from lowland forests at 1160m to rare afromontane vegetation above 2600 . Secondly, it is extremely old. When most of Africa’s forests disappeared during the arid conditions of the last ice age (12000-18000 years ago), Bwindi was one of a few “refugia” that persisted
Consequently, while most of toddy’s forest are no more than 120000years old, Bwindi‘s vegetation has been weaving itself into tangles over at least 250000years, in the process accumulating a lengthy species list. This include 310 species of Butterfly, 51 reptiles 200 trees, 88 moths and exceptional 120 types of mammals including 10 primates . the latter includes chimpanzee, L’Hoest, red tailed…
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