Kenya

SPI: 56.61

Species Protection Index Average: 41

National Report Card: Kenya

In eastern Africa, Kenya borders the Indian Ocean. The country is split by the Great Rift Valley, descending from its central highlands. Mount Kenya rises in the highlands, as Africa’s second tallest peak. Kenya also includes part of Lake Victoria, the world’s largest tropical lake. Most of the country is used for human activities, in its majority by rangeland. Kenya has high biodiversity rarity of terrestrial land vertebrates at a global scale. When analysed as single taxons, the rarity of amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles is also high. The rarity of marine fish and mammals is also high. Challenges to biodiversity include water pollution and insecurity; deforestation; soil erosion and desertification; and wildlife poaching.
10.9%

of land currently protected

2841

total land vertebrate species

68

endemic land vertebrate species

Species of significant conservation interest

Black Rhino

98
amphibians / 16 endemic
2085
birds / 10 endemic
356
mammals / 13 endemic
302
reptiles / 13 endemic

Information on this page was sourced from the CIA World Factbook and the Half-Earth Project Map.

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