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MAU NAROK/MOLO GRASSLAND

KENYA
LOCALE

Area (ha):40,000
Altitude (m):2700-3100
# Species:108
# Excl Vagrants:108
# Endemics:2
# Near Endemics:2
Species/100 ha:0.3
Habitat: Montane Grassland

ABOUT THE BIRDING

The Molo Grassland is part of an important bird area along the Mau Escarpment, near the Mau Forest. It forms the western side of the Rift Valley. This and the Kinangop Plateau on the eastern rim are the only remaining montane grasslands in Kenya. The area is in decline as it is rapidly being converted to farmland and pasture grazed by sheep. The grassland follows the escarpment for some 80 km and is bounded on both sides by the Mau Forest. It's home to Sharpe's Longclaw, an endangered species threatened by severe habitat loss. It's also home to the endangered Aberdare Cisticola.

LOCATION OF SITE

The Molo Grassland is located about 40 km west of Lake Nakuru, near the edge of the Mau Forest on the Mau Narok escarpment. Mau Narok is located about 50 km SE of the Molo Grassland along the same escarpment.