Meru National Park

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Meru National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Map showing the location of Meru National Park
Map showing the location of Meru National Park
Location of Meru National Park
LocationEastern Province,  Kenya
Nearest cityMeru
Coordinates0°5′37″N 38°12′29″E / 0.09361°N 38.20806°E / 0.09361; 38.20806Coordinates: 0°5′37″N 38°12′29″E / 0.09361°N 38.20806°E / 0.09361; 38.20806
Area870.44 km2 (336.08 sq mi)[1]
Established1966
Governing bodyKenya Wildlife Service
Websitewww.kws.org/parks/parks_reserves/MENP.html

Meru National Park is a Kenyan Game park located east of Meru, 350 km from Nairobi. Covering an area of 870 km², it is one best known National Parks in Kenya. It has abundant rainfall, 635–762 mm in the west of the park and 305–356 mm in the east. The rainfall results in tall grass and lush swamps.

The park has a wide range of wild animals including the African bush elephant, lion, African leopard, cheetah, eastern black rhinoceros, southern white rhinoceros, Grévy's zebra, hippopotamus.

Meru was one of the two areas in which conservationists George Adamson and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness made famous in the best selling book and award winning movie Born Free. Elsa the Lioness is buried in this park and part of Joy's ashes were scattered on her gravesite.

History[edit]

Between the years 2000 and 2005, the Kenya Wildlife Service, helped by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), restored Meru National Park from near ruin to one of the most promising tourist destinations in Eastern Africa, solving the parks poaching problem. IFAW donated $1.25 million to this major restoration project, and with this money aided in improving the basic infrastructure and provided essential equipment and vehicles for law enforcement activities.

Since 2005, the protected area is considered part of a Lion Conservation Unit.[2]

Attractions[edit]

Aside from the beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife, Tourist attractions include the once home of George and Joy Adamson, Adamson's Falls, views of Mount Kenya, and the Tana River.

References[edit]

  1. ^ World Database on Protected Areas – Meru National Park
  2. ^ IUCN Cat Specialist Group (2006). Conservation Strategy for the Lion Panthera leo in Eastern and Southern Africa. Pretoria, South Africa: IUCN.

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