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Meru National Park

Meru is a savanna National Park which covers a total area of 870km2 and located in the East-north-east of Mount Kenya in Meru District of Eastern Province. The park receives rainfall of 635-762mm in the west and 305-356mm in the east. Meru is part of a complex of protected areas along the Tana River that includes the adjacent Bisanadi and Mwingi National Reserves (to the east and south respectively), Kora national park and Rahole national reserve. The wetter North Western sector is hilly, with rich volcanic soils. The land flattens towards the East, where grey alluvial volcanic soils appear. It has diverse scenery from woodlands at 3,000 feet on the slopes of Nyambeni Mountain Range, northeast of Mount Kenya, to wide open plains with wandering riverbanks dotted with doum palms. As well as the many streams that cross it, the park is bounded by three large rivers: the Tana to the South, the Ura to the South West and the Rojeweru to the East. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded including: the Peter's Finfoot which inhabits the Murera and Ura Rivers, the Pel's Fishing Owl, kingfishers, rollers, bee-eaters, starlings and numerous weavers. There are several well-known inselbergs of basement rock, notably Mughwango and Leopard rock. A section of the park has been designated as a wilderness area in which is no roads. The park is part of the domain made famous by the writings of Joy Adamson.

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