Lascaanod - Taleex - Ceel Chebet

Country/territory: Somalia

IBA criteria met: A1, A3 (2001)
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Area: 800,000 ha

Site description (baseline)
This site, also spelt Las Anod–Taleh–El Chebet, is a complex of proposed protected areas in north-central Somalia, to the north of the town of Garoowe. It includes a part of the Nugaal valley, through which runs a large seasonal watercourse that drains an extensive area of the northern plateau south-eastwards to the Indian Ocean. The area is principally semi-desert grassland and shrubland (c.600,000 ha) with some AcaciaCommiphora bushland and thicket (c.200,000 ha). There are some semi-permanent pools along the Nugaal valley. The site is rich in succulents.

Key biodiversity
See Box and Table 3 for key species. Of the Somali–Masai biome species some, including Trachyphonus erythrocephalus, Alaemon hamertoni, Calandrella somalica, Pseudalaemon fremantlii, Pseudonigrita cabanisi and Onychognathus blythii, have been recorded from few other IBAs nationally.

Non-bird biodiversity: Mammals of conservation concern that occur, or which used to do so, include Acinonyx jubatus (VU), Equus africanus somalicus (CR), Oryx beisa (LR/cd), Gazella soemmerringii (VU) and Gazella spekei (VU).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Lascaanod - Taleex - Ceel Chebet. Downloaded from on 03/06/2023.