Islands in the Bush: A Natural History of the Kora National Reserve, Kenya

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Kora Reserve became famous in 1989 when George Adamson was murdered there by Somali bandits and poachers. Adamson was the husband of Joy Adamson whose book "Born Free", about raising a baby lion and reintroducing it back into the wild, is world famous. Kora Reserve was made into a national park after his murder and he and his favorite lion, Boy, are buried there. Kora National Park is located in Tana River County, Kenya. The topography of the park slopes gently from an altitude of 490 m in the south-west to an altitude of about 270m in the north-east. The central area of the park is an undulating peneplain. Basement ridges protrude above the surface of the peneplain as rocky inselbergs, domed hills or hard rocks that rise steeply from the surrounding area. The highest of these inselbergs are Mansumbi (488m), Kumbulanwa (450m) and Kora Rock (442m). The cracks and crevices in the inselbergs have become filled with soil, and a wide variety of herbs, shrubs and small wind-blown trees have become established in them. There is a wide variety of animal species in the park, including the caracal, cheetah, elephant, genet, hippopotamus, spotted and striped hyenas, leopard, lion, serval, wildcat and several types of antelope. The vegetation in the park is mostly acacia bushland. There are also riverine forests of doum palm and Tana River poplar. The park had serious problems with poachers in the 1980's and 90's. The author, Malcolm Coe, has written many popular books about the flora and fauna of Africa, such as "Mkomazi: The The Ecology, Biodiversity and Conservation of a Tanzanian Savannah", as well as many scholarly articles such as "The Conservation and Management of Semi-arid Rangelands and Their Animal Resources".

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