IUCN Category II - National Park


The Meru National Park is located in the Eastern Province of Kenya, about 100 km north-east of Mount Kenya massif, at 300-940 m above sea level. The annual precipitation is 600 to 800 mm.

In the east, the Bisanadi Reserve joins. Both areas together are 1800 kilometers ² and form an ecological unit. South of the river Tana are the Kora National Park with 1787 km ² and 745 km ², North Kitui National Reserve at 250-675 m above sea level. Other protected areas along the Tana are the Mwingi National Reserve south of Meru National Park and the Rahole National Reserve. The Bisanadi National Reserve, Kora National Park and the North Kitui National Reserve harboring elephants, but have no essential significance for their protection.

The savannah landscape flattens the hilly and humid north -west from the east. In the northern parts prevails grass land that is locally interrupted by single or together standing in sparse groves of acacia. Further south, grows monotonous long threads bushland, to the east Acacia Commiphora bushland. Inselbergs as Mughwango and Leopard Rock loosen the countryside. The area is crossed by numerous narrow, constantly water-bearing rivers, which northwest of the Meru National Park located in the 20 km, resulting Nyambene volcanic mountains rise and flow parallel to lava flows southeastward direction Tana. The park is bounded by the rivers in the south of Tana, Ura to the southwest and the Rojeweru in the east.

The Park " The Genesis Project", which reported it was announced by the BBC documentary, as this national park was rebuilt. He is also part of the territory, which was known by the works of Joy Adamson.

Today, the Meru National Park is one of the richest wildlife reserves in Kenya. The park contains the southern range limits of Grevy's zebra, reticulated giraffe, gemsbok and Eritrea - Rainey 's Grant 's gazelle. Duiker, Kirk 's Dik-dik and Kongoni have here their northernmost occurrence in Kenya. There are also the shy lesser kudu. The elephant populations were listed in 1982 with 472 and 1987 with 427 copies. 1973 should have been even 1500 and 1976/1977 1300-2100 animals. In addition, occasionally wandering elephants from northern areas. These animals are very shy because they often have had bad experiences with people.