Uzungwa Scarp's biological importance
The Uzungwa Scarp forest has five plant and three vertebrate species that are strictly endemic to the reserve with another 15 Udzungwa endemic vertebrate species. The forest also has populations of the Udzungwa-endemic Sanje mangabey and Iringa red colobus.
Uzungwa Scarp under threat
The reserve is under heavy pressure for timber, fuel wood and bushmeat. Research has shown that populations of some mammals,
including the Iringa red colobus monkey and Abbott's duiker have collapsed due to a combination of bushmeat hunting and habitat degradation. Click here for more information about the alarming results of research on the biodiversity status of the reserve.
TFCG's work in Uzungwa Scarp
Since 2008 the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group, working closely with the Trento Museum of Natural History, Italy have worked with communities around the reserve, mainly promoting environmental education. Additional resources are urgently needed in order to halt further loss of forest and biodiversity in Uzungwa Scarp.