Udzungwa – A Montane Rainforest

The Eastern Arc Mountains lies as a chain of isolated, humid and forest-covered mountains down through the dry savanna of East Africa. Because of its unique flora and fauna, the result of millions of years of isolated evolution, the range has been described as Africa’s Galápagos Islands – and, like those islands, the mountains have been designated one of the world’s most important biodiversity hotspots.

Thirty-five years ago, the Udzungwa Mountains were largely unknown. But since 1980, researchers and students, including many from the Natural History Museum of Denmark, have been documenting the mountains’ unique fauna and flora. Their efforts have resulted in the discovery of thousands of new animal, bird and plant species, including a new species of monkey.

Photo exhibition September 11 2015 – March 31 2016

Udzungwa is a dot on the world map, not well-known. But with the photo exhibition the Natural History Museum of Denmark invites the audience to explore and enjoy the diversity of the Udzungwa Montains.

The exhibition is put on display in connection with the publication of the lavishly illustrated book Udzungwa: Tales of Discovery in an East African Rainforest, published this month with support from Aage V. Jensen Charity Foundation, Beckett-Fonden and Critical Ecosystem. The book is full of fascinating information about new discoveries, evolution, fieldwork and wildlife in these isolated mountains – a place where time appears to have stood still for millions of years.

Exhibition period: The exhibition runs from 11 September 2015 to 31 March 2016.

Location: The Geological Museum, Øster Voldgade 5-7, 1350 Copenhagen K

Photo: Leptopelis grandiceps. Photographer: Michele Menegon.

af Statens Naturhistoriske Museum den 18.09.2015

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