|Town/Region||Mount Meru Game Reserve|
|Country||Tanzania, United Republic of|
|Categories||Biodiversity, Forests, Plants|
|Date||13 Mar 2006|
The Mount Meru Game Reserve is found in northern Tanzania, Arusha Region on the eastern slopes of Mount Meru (25 km from Mount Kilimanjaro). The reserve has 33 forest glades of which 26 are named and reachable by foot (Ibrahim 1989). In this reserve, three types of glades are found: edaphic (located in waterlogged soil), emerging (man made) and aeolion (located at high elevations at localities prone to high winds). These glades constitute 4.8% of the area of the reserve and vary in size from 375 to 37 694 m2. Mount Meru Game Reserve thus provides an ideal area for studying habitat heterogeneity. The area is also highly suitable for examining forest edges, glade sizes and glades types.
The aim of this study is to understand the biodiversity value and the conservation role of glades in the forest that will help us to understand the pattern and processes that drives the interaction between animal, birds and plants in the glades and surrounding forests. A secondary aim is to determine if these man made and artificially maintained glades should be managed as is, or should the forest be allowed to re-invade the glades and restore it to its natural environment. The survival of glade-associated species will only then be guaranteed.
General objectives of the study:
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