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Ngorongoro Crater and Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

04 March 2020

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A wealth of flora and fauna

On 3 March, World Wildlife Day, established by the United Nations in 2013, is celebrated to raise awareness of the world's wild animals and plants. The day has become the most important global annual event dedicated to wildlife. This year's theme is "Sustaining all life on Earth", highlighting the importance of all wild animal and plant species as key components of the world's biodiversity.

To honour this day, we share a beautiful 100m image of the Ngorongoro Crater and Mount Kilimanjaro. The Ngorongoro Crater, a collapsed caldera volcano with a diameter of ~20 km at 2,200 m altitude, can be recognized as a circular shape in the image left-middle part. The crater is inhabited by a wealth of flora and fauna species and contains the highest concentration of wild animals, such as lions, gazelles, gnus, and rhinoceros.

Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, is visible in dark brown in the right image part. The green colours surrounding the mountain indicate the various forest types on the mountain's lower hills, which gradually changes into sparse vegetation (maquis) with increasing altitude.


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