IBA criteria met: A1 (2022)
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Area: 91,944 ha
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Kirisia Forest Reserve is a gazetted forest located in the arid and semi-arid land on the Leroghi Plateau on the western end of Samburu County, and lies on the northern part of Laikipia Plateau in the northern parts of Kenya. It is jointly managed by the Kenya Forest Service in collaboration with Kirisia Community Forest Association and Kenya Wildlife Service. The forest covers an area of 91, 944 ha comprising of c.70, 000 ha of indigenous, dry cedar/olive forest on the Kirisia hills, and c.20, 000 ha of semi-arid and arid lowland bush. It exhibits a high degree of floral diversity where both dry montane, upland forest and arid scrub vegetation are represented. The high elevation parts of the forest hold upland bird species which are largely cut off and miles away from the nearest central Kenya highlands that share similar species. Kirisia has also been identified as a critical wildlife dispersal route in northern Kenya.
We acknowledge the immense efforts of the East African Willdlife Society (EAWLS) and stakeholders in initiating the Kirisia Forest deliniation process.