Somalia wild animals have been spotted in Somalia’s Lower Jubba
Somalia contains a variety of mammals due to its geographical and climatic diversity. For many of the mammals, Somalia is the border of their territory.
wild animals are found in every region. Among the latter are the Somali cheetah, Masai lion, giraffe, baboons, civet, serval, African bush elephant, bushpig, gazelle, antelope, ibex, kudu, dik-dik, oribi, reedbuck, Somali wild ass, Grévy’s zebra, hyena, baboon, and numerous species of monkey.
Elephants are also found here. Since elephants are migratory, they are found in a variety of habitats, such as woodland, savanna, and tropical forests. Somali elephant shrew, are found only in Somalia.
Somalia is home to a diverse variety of flora and fauna, from acacia trees, to birds, primates, large cats, and reptiles large and small. The yellow-spotted rock hyrax, which is found in savanna and rocky areas, looks much like a large rodent, but is actually related to elephants. The savanna-dwelling Somali golden mole, and the shrub-land and desert-dwelling
Wild elephants, buffaloes, ostriches, lions, leopards and giraffes have Boni forest, which is a national reserve for conservation, borders Somalia. “The animals are coming back in large numbers.
Inside the town we have ostriches walking around. Leopards and elephants are just outside the town,” Farah Haybe, Badaade district commissioner, told Al Jazeera.
The densely forested area used to be home to herds of wild animals and birds until the start of the Somali war in 1991, which led to unabated poaching.been spotted in Somalia’s Lower Jubba area in the first sightings of the animals in the east African country in decades.
The animals are believed to have been displaced from Kenya’s Boni forest by ongoing security operations between the armed groups conflicts happed in the area.
The animals which escaped the poachers migrated across the border in to Kenya. But with sense of normalcy now returning to Somalia, the animals’ fortunes seem to be changing.
“The animals are returning from Kenya because they find peace here. They are not disturbed here. They are free and they find plenty of food here,” Haybe said.
With this latest development local authorities have been busy advising the population to not harm the wild animals.
“We have told all the butchers in the area it is illegal to kill or sell the meat of wild animals. But everyone is happy to see the animals back.” Haybe said. Somali federal government is going to restart wildlife reservation and resore National reserves.