Ruma National Park

Ruma National Park was established in 1966 as Lambwe River Valley Reserve, later renamed Ruma. The park was established to protect the rare roan antelope which is only found here in Kenya. Its ecosystem is a mixture of tall grassland and woodlands of acacia, open savannah, and riverine forests interspersed with scenic hills. Other mammals found here include the Bohor reedbuck, Jackson's hartebeest, hyena, leopard, buffalo, and topi.

Ruma is the only protected area in Kenya where the globally threatened blue swallow, a scarce intra-African migrant, is regularly recorded. Blue swallows arrive from their breeding grounds in southern Tanzania around April and depart in September.

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