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Tour Kageno Rwanda


Kageno Rwanda will be helping the people of Banda Village to help themselves AND the Nyungwe (N-yoong-gway) National Forest.

Because Kageno sees how the environment and the people that live in it depend on each other, Our Rwanda program will provide the people of Banda with the tools (education, health and jobs) they need to protect their forest and the future of their community.

Please check back often as we will be having Kageno Kids from Rwanda for you to meet....But first we have some building to do!!!

Please visit www.Kageno.org to learn more about Kageno Rwanda

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In the summer of 2005 Kageno Worldwide co founders Dr. Frank Andolino and Rob Place visited Rwanda to start preparations for the future project site of Kageno Rwanda.

After much planning and work, in winter 2006 Kageno Rwanda is all ready to happen!

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And it looks like the children of Banda Village are very happy about this!!!!

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children of Banda village / Banda Village

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The location where Kageno Rwanda will be built

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In Rwanda, Kageno will be working closely with the Wildlife Conservation Society which has been working in Nyungwe Forest for more than 20 years.
Below is information about Nyungwe Forest from WCS. This is the Forest that Kageno Rwanda will be working hard to help.
By helping the local communities, the people will be able to become part of the solution to the environmental threat, rather than a part of the problem.

Nyungwe (N-yoong-gway) National Park Threats


Nyungwe faces several major threats, which stem from the high human pressure around the forest and the need for more land or alternative sources of income. Poaching of large mammals is rampant, which has resulted in very low duiker densities; the extirpation of buffalo as of the early 1980s, and the extinction of the park’s last elephants as of 1999, when they were shot during a period of instability. Hunters now target smaller mammals, such as giant rats and squirrels, because they cannot find larger ones. Fires caused by people wanting to smoke bees from wild hives have spread, devastating large parts of the forest during El Niño years, when the climate is particularly dry. Many hills have few or no trees as a result. At times, mining of gold and, more recently, columbo-tantalite have led to the creation of large mining camps in the forests (some containing more than 3,000 men). The high birth rates of the local population and the lack of land outside the forest have also contributed to the threat of encroachment.

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Rising above the shores of Lake Kivu in southwestern Rwanda, Nyungwe National Park is the largest montane rain forest in Africa. The Park covers more than 1000 square kilometers of rugged terrain, spanning an altitudinal range from 1600 to 1950 m. (5200–9680 feet). It is covered with a complex mosaic of diverse vegetation types —from tall, closed-canopy forest to open, flower-filled marshes. This variety of plant life is accompanied by an equally rich assortment of animals, most notably the many species of colorful birds and monkeys. Nyungwe’s overall biological diversity has earned it a place on many lists of priority sites for conservation in Africa. The diversity of life found in Nyungwe is due to a combination of several ecological factors. First, as the Ice Ages caused the drying of lower-altitude African forests as recently as 10,000 years ago, the mountainous backbone bordering the western branch of the great African Rift served as a moist refuge to forest plants and animals. Nyungwe constitutes a significant portion of this lush, central core, which subsequently served as a source for re-colonization of the central African lowland forests existing today. Second, the forest is situated in a region where several large-scale bio geographical zones meet. This results in a unique and diverse assemblage of species originating from Tanzania, the Ethiopian region, and the Congo Basin. Finally, the varied topography, different soils, and broad altitudinal range found in Nyungwe provide a great span of microhabitats for many different species of plants and animals to cohabitate. Tall, complex forest covers the more fertile soils, and is particularly pronounced in moist valleys. Dry ridges support smaller trees, often combined with thickets. Bamboo blankets much of the extreme southeastern portion of the park. Flooded forests, marshes, and open herbaceous slopes are interspersed throughout. The fauna of Nyungwe reflects this floral diversity. The park contains at least 275 species of birds, many of which are found only in dense forest. Thirteen types of primates reside here, including rare owl-faced monkeys and hundreds of endangered eastern chimpanzees. Black and white colobus monkeys travel in groups of up to 400 individuals. Groups this large are extraordinary for this species or any arboreal primate. Many other mammals such as leopards, servals, genets, hyrax, bush pigs, and duikers live in Nyungwe, but they are less numerous and tend to be much more difficult to observe. Aside from preserving the diverse flora and fauna in Nyungwe, conservation of the forest is important for scientific and sociological reasons, too.

Nyungwe Forest is important for the conservation of several restricted-range species that are only found in the Albertine Rift ecoregion in Africa. Nyungwe is home to 26 Albertine Rift endemic birds, more than any other protected area in the rift region and rivaled only by the unprotected Itombwe Mountains. Two bird species are endangered, three vulnerable, and three near threatened under IUCN (The World Conservation Union) criteria. Plant species totaling 1068 have been recorded in Nyungwe, of which approximately 250 are endemic to the Albertine Rift A total of 85 mammal, 278 bird, 32 amphibian and 38 reptile species have been recorded for the park. Within these four taxa, 62 species are endemic to the Albertine Rift. A comparison of Nyungwe with other forests in the Albertine Rift shows that for all taxa this forest consistently ranks high. Its number of endemic species is more than in any other forest in the Albertine Rift that has been surveyed for all these taxa (about 60% of forests).