Over the last hundred years, as the population of Kenya grew, people cut more and more trees for building and cooking. Two thirds of the Mau forest trees have been cut. Today 22 pieces of forest remain where the great forest once stood.
The light green shows where the forest used to be. The darker green show the areas which have been protected (they are ‘gazetted’ by government which means trees cannot be cut). Eburu forest is at the bottom on the right hand side.
(this map comes from the Eburu guidebook , p 16,and is shared with permission of Eburru Rafiki)
The Mau Eburu forest itself was almost lost in the 1990s as more people moved to Naivasha. It was saved, just in time, by the combined efforts of local people and the Rhino Ark project. They built a 43 km fence around the forest, making it possible to control who could come in, and what they could do there. Thanks to their hard work, the forest is now looking very healthy, new trees have been planted, cleared areas are regenerating and it is a haven for birds and animals including the rare Mountain Bongo. You can read more about the Rhino fence here.