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A short time ago, biologist Boyan Petrov from the National Museum of National History, Sofia, came back from an expedition in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda (c) Boyan Petrov, NMNHS
A short time ago, biologist Boyan Petrov from the National Museum of National History, Sofia, came back from an expedition in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda (c) Boyan Petrov, NMNHS

On the high peaks of Africa

31 March 2009 14:10

A short time ago, biologist Boyan Petrov from the National Museum of National History, Sofia, came back from an expedition in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, where he had climbed the three highest peaks in Africa (Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya and Rwenzori); collected and observed various animals, visited two national parks (Lake Manyara and Tarangire), and the Ngorogoro Conservation Area in Kenya.

Chronology of the events: Kilimanjaro (5895 m), one of the largest exinct stratovolcanoes, was climbed on 13th February; peak Margarita (5109 m) (Rwenzori) on 23th February, and Mount Kenya (5199 m) on 4th March 2009.

As he himself admitted, his priority in collecting during the trip was the invertebrates, inhabiting the altitudinal range of 2000 m to 4500 m.

Apart from the materials collected during previous expeditions, NMNHS has at present a rich representative collection of high mountain spiders, centipedes, and various groups of insects from the highest East African mountains.

Petrov is convinced that the unprocessed material depostited at the NMNHS is hiding more than one species unknown to science.

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