A Guide To Haller Park Mombasa
Haller Park Mombasa – Haller Wildlife Park is a former disused quarry, reborn as a small private game sanctuary. A major initiative has been made to “green” the quarry and these efforts have literally blossomed into an area of lush beauty. Haller Park is now fully stocked with game including Giraffe, Eland, Hippo, Oryx and snakes.
Haller Park Mombasa History
Much of the Kenya coast was covered by coastal forests up to around 300 years ago. The forests were cut down, and only few patches remain. Those East African coastal forests have high biodiversity value, and are classified as one of the 21 global biodiversity hotspots.
1971 was the turning point; Dr. Rene Haller started the first of the rehabilitation process experimenting with the extensive open quarries, marked by planting 3,000 trees in the hard coral. This marked the start of Haller Park began by the development of the forest area and roads and pathways used by the employees working on the propagation of trees, fish ponds and the wildlife sanctuary.
Soon the rehabilitated area attracted the interest of people. Due to the littering problem from visitors, Dr Haller realised that some sort of order was needed. Hence the idea of the Nature Trail was born. The rehabilitated quarries have become a green recreation space for Mombasa residents and an attraction for visiting tourists. The Nature Trails were open to the public in January 1984 receiving over 20,000 visitors in its first year.
Animals in Haller Wildlife Park – Haller Park Animals
Dr. Rene Haller believed animals should play an equally important role in the forest ecosystem as plants. The introduction of the millipedes into the casuarina forest triggered a chain reaction of colonization by plants and animals. The creation of new habitats attracted birds, insects and mammals. Some larger mammals were introduced while others moved in.
The mammals in Haller Park Mombasa had an impact on the environment. For example, the bushpigs which feed on roots, maggots, and insects helped to aerate the trees’ root systems. The female giraffes feed on leaves and dispersed plants seeds while their faeces acted as fertiliser. The dung beetles also played a role by helping bring the manure underground where it is broken down by micro-organisms creating further plant life.
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More About Haller Park Mombasa
Haller Park Mombasa (formerly Bamburi Nature Trail) is located South of the Bamburi cement plant along the Mombasa / Malindi highway. A product of the company’s efforts, since 1971, to convert barren landscape of disused limestone quarries into vibrant and diverse ecosystem of forest, grasslands and ponds.
Haller Park was the first recipient to be honoured with the United Nations Environmental Program Global 500 Roll of Honour award for the unique, ecologically sound and successful rehabilitation undertaken.
Haller Park consists of a Game Sanctuary, Reptile Park, small demonstration Fish Farm area, Palm Garden, Crocodile pens and a giraffe viewing platform, offering a variety of attractions at the various points to educate and entertain the over 160,000 visitors who visit the park every year.
The diversity of vegetation is considerable, from mangrove palms and majestic indigenous shade trees to coastal forests where several of these plants are rare and endangered; a haven for botanist. Yet each plant plays an important role in the overall harmony of the ecosystem.
Haller Park Mombasa also provides a home to various animal species from the cheeky Vervet monkeys to the graceful giraffe; Weaver birds, Kingfisher, Storks, Herons, Egrets, Owls, Eagles, Kites, Cranes, Ibis, Sandpipers the list is endless, Haller Park a must visit for all lovers bird.
Haller Park Mombasa Feeding Times
Every day at three o’clock (3:00PM).
Haller Park Mombasa Charges – Haller Park Mombasa Entrance Fee
Kenyan Residents – Ksh 500 Kids Ksh 200
Non Residents – Ksh 800 Kids Ksh. 400
Haller Park Contacts – Haller Park Mombasa Contacts
Attraction Type: Wildlife
Category: Wildlife Conservancy, Animal Sanctuary, Birding Site
City / Town: Mombasa Town
Road / Street: Mombasa – Malindi Road
Telephone: 254 722 410064, 254 733 410064
Entrance Fee: Yes
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Mombasa’s Haller Park is new home for 11 endangered tortoises seized at JKIA
Updated On:18th October 2016
Haller Park in Mombasa has been granted the custody of 11 tortoises of an endangered species which were rescued at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in January 2016 while on transit.
The tortoises were confiscated from illegal traffickers by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officers.
Known as Angonoka or ploughshare (Astrochelys yniphora), the tortoises were in 1986 declared as critically endangered under the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list criteria.
They are also listed on Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites) as they are mostly preferred for trade as pets.
Bamburi Lafarge Ecosystems Environmental Education & Ecosystems Manager Albert Musando said Haller Park was granted custody of the tortoises after it expressed interest to keep them under conditions prescribed by KWS.
NOT ALLOWED TO MIX
“This includes the species not being allowed to mix with other indigenous tortoises to avoid hybridisation, as a way of protecting the genetic pool.
“This is in line with Haller Park’s biodiversity conservation programme,” Mr Musando said.
The official said the Angonoka tortioises are not found in Kenya and therefore the only current population are the ones under their care.
“This extremely rare tortoise is [found in] Madagascar. It is thought that only around 600 individuals remain in the wild. These individuals occur in just five isolated and small populations in a 30 kilometre radius of Baly Bay in north western Madagascar,” he said.
Other threats facing the animal include habitat loss as a result of uncontrolled bush fires and predation of eggs and young ones by other animals and humans.
LOW BREEDING POTENTIAL
“They also have a slow growth rate and low breeding potential. In addition, it takes the tortoises a long time to reach sexual maturity.
“All of these factors reduce the capacity of populations to recover from human-induced effects on the population,” Mr Musando said.
Haller Park also hosts the Aldabra tortoises (giant tortoises) which are naturally found in Aldabra Island, in the Seychelles.
There are also hinged back tortoises, leopard tortoises and terrapins, which are all kept for conservation and environmental education.
The park also consists of a game sanctuary, reptile park, a demonstration fish farm, palm garden, crocodile pens and giraffe viewing platforms.
It also has also won the United Nations Environmental Programme Global 500 Roll of Honour award for its unique, ecologically and successful rehabilitation.