Victoria Basin & Albertine Rift Forests bioregion
- 31,906Total Land Area (1000 ha)
- 3Number of Ecoregions
- 29%Protection Target
- 4Protection Level
The Victoria Basin bioregion, located in the equatorial Afrotropics, is centered on Lake Victoria at the border between Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, and the surrounding forest-savanna. It also includes the mountain forests along the Albertine Rift just to the west, with which it is tightly interconnected. The bioregion has three ecoregions -- Albertine Rift Montane Forests , Victoria Basin Forest-Savanna , Rwenzori-Virunga Montane Moorlands  -- and includes the famous Virunga National Park near Lake Edward at the eastern border of DRC. This is an especially important area of biodiversity with more than 2000 plant and tree species, 230 of which are endemic, and the last refuge of many endangered animals including the mountain gorilla, golden monkey, blue monkey, olive baboon, bush elephants, hippopotamus. It’s also a refuge for millions of birds, which winter here from as far as Siberia. The area of this bioregion is nearly 32 million hectares.
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