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      Biosphere Reserve Information



  General Description   Human activities:

- Resource harvesting (Vegetables, medicinal plants, cultural sites, water, fodder etc)
- Tourism activities
- Restoration of degraded areas
- Research and Education
- Poaching, grazing
- Plantation management.
Ecological characteristics:

- Trans-boundary Natural Water catchments area.
- Largest Caldera in the world with hot spring at over 4000m a.s.l.
- Habitat for over 300 bird species endemic to East Africa
Protection classifications:

At the national level:
National Park status
Gazetted forest reserve in 1938 and its status lifted to National park to maintain its ecological values in 1993.
  Major ecosystem type  
  Major habitats & land cover types  
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   208,821
  Core area(s)  
  Buffer zone(s)  
  Transition area(s) when given  
  Altitude (metres above sea level)  
  Year designated   2005
  Administrative authorities   Mount Elgon Conservation Area
  Brief description  
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   n.a.
  Biodiversity   n.a.
  Socio-economic   n.a.
  Integrated monitoring   n.a.
  Contact address    Uganda Wildlife Authority
Mt. Elgon National Park
P.O. Box 135
  Telephone   +256-45-4433170
  Fax   +256-45-4433332

Last updated: 19/06/2010

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