Friday, 05 February 2021 14:10
Kiborgoch Swamp: the lifeline of Mochongoi- World Wetlands Day 2021Written by salomen
- Type: Newsletter, Country Publication
- Source: Kiborgoch Community Wildlife and Wetland Conservancy
- Focal Areas: Land Degradation
- Countries: Kenya
- Region: Africa
Kiborgoch Conservancy has an important role for biodiversity, recreation, livelihoods and other ecosystem services for local populations. It acts as a ‘sponge’, by retaining water and moderating its flow. The ecosystem is a home to over 100 species of birds. Wild animals found in the Conservancy include sitatunga (Tragelaphus spekii) - an endangered species, plains zebra (Equus quagga), ostrich (Struthio camelus), waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus), common warthog (Phacochoerus africanus), monkey (Cercopithecidae), olive baboon (Papio anubis), greater kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros), grant’s gazelle (Nanger granti), wild pig (Sus scrofa), dikdik (Rhynchotragus kirkii), tortoise, honey badger (Mellivora capensis), mongoose, squirrel, snakes, python, spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta), hyrax (Hyracoidea), hippopotamus, alligators and crocodiles. Several insects – mosquitoes and termites among others – are also found in the ecosystem. In the recent past, the red Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) was discovered within the Conservancy. Mudfish (Clarias anguillaris) and African lungfish/Kamongo (Protopterus annectens), among other unidentified fish species, also inhabit the wetland.