May 21, 2017

3053, 3059 TANZANIA - Ngorongoro Conservation Area (UNESCO WHS)

3059 Ngorongoro - Buffalos chasing lions

Posted on 15.05.2017, 21.05.2017
Located 180km west of Arusha in the Crater Highlands area, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) includes the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater,  the world's largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera, and Olduvai Gorge, a 14km long deep ravine. It spans vast expanses of highland plains, savanna, savanna woodlands and forests, from the plains of the Serengeti National Park in the north-west, to the eastern arm of the Great Rift Valley.

3053 Ngorongoro - Zebra in Lerai Forest

The area was established in 1959 as a multiple land use area, with wildlife coexisting with semi-nomadic Maasai pastoralists practising traditional livestock grazing (About Maasai I wrote separately, here). The area has been subject to extensive archaeological research for over 80 years and has yielded a long sequence of evidence of human evolution and human-environment dynamics, collectively extending over a span of almost four million years to the early modern era.

The property has global importance for biodiversity conservation in view of the presence of globally threatened species such as the black Rhino, the density of wildlife inhabiting the Ngorongoro Crater and surrounding areas throughout the year, and the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, Thompson's and Grant's gazelles and other ungulates into the northern plains. The crater has one of the densest known population of Masai lions, numbering 62 in 2001.

About the stamp
The stamp is part of the series Tourist Attractions, about which I wrote here.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Wikipedia
Ngorongoro Conservation Area - UNESCO official website

Sender 3053, 3059: Ahmed Abbas Maswood (direct swap)
Sent from Dar es Salaam (Dar es Salaam / Tanzania), on 27.04.2017

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