Thriving Wildlife & Coral Community Discovered in East Africa
Kenya & Tanzania, December 2020
In December, scientists announced the discovery of a refuge for coral reefs off the coast of Kenya and Tanzania, where species are thriving in spite of climate crisis events that have killed their neighbors.
The coral safe-haven is also a wildlife hotspot, teeming with spinner dolphins and rare species of prehistoric fish and dugongs.
The researchers believe the location of the reef to be partially to thank for protecting it from the detrimental effects of global warming. It stretches from Shimoni, 50 miles south of Mombasa in Kenya, to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and is fed by cool water from deep channels that formed thousands of years ago as a result of glacial runoff from Kilimanjaro and the Usambara mountains.
“I’m very excited about it”, says Tim McClanahan, author of the study on the refuge. “It gives us something to hope for. Some good news in gloomy times”.